On a beautifully sunny Sunday the Space Shuttle model, named Explorer, that has been on display in the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex started the first steps of a move that will eventually see it residing in the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The Shuttle Explorer move is required so that the exhibition building that will eventually house the real Space Shuttle Atlantis that closed out the Space Shuttle program when STS-135 landed on July 21st 2011.
The Shuttle Explorer was very carefully manoeuvred on top of a 18 axle transporter out of the KSC visitor centre and on to the main gated KSC site. As it wound its way out of the visitor site you can see the clearances were a bit tight slipping the wing of Explorer under the traffic signals, whilst avoiding the power lines beside the road. Further round the road the wing now slides over the security gatehouse as it crosses to the wrong side of the road and heads down the on ramp towards Kennedy Parkway N.
Photo Gallery follows…Now clear of further obstructions the convoy continues on the wrong side of the road for the four mile trip towards the huge VAB. Here the Explorer swings right up Saturn Causeway and heading off to the parking lot at the NASA Press Site. Now parked up the Explorer will remain here for a few months while it is awaiting transportation to Houston via ocean going barge.