NASA Transfers Shuttle Discovery to National Air and Space Museum
Focuses on Bold New Era of Space Exploration
WASHINGTON — NASA eliminated space convey Discovery to a Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum during a rite Thursday, Apr 19, during a Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
“Today, while we demeanour behind during Discovery’s extraordinary legacy, we also wish to demeanour brazen to what she and a convey swift helped to make possible,” pronounced NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “As NASA transfers a convey orbiters to museums opposite a country, we are embarked on an sparkling new space scrutiny journey. Relying on American skill and know-how, NASA is partnering with private courtesy to yield organisation and load travel to a International Space Station, while building a many absolute rocket ever built to take a republic over than ever before into a solar system.”
National Air and Space Museum Director, General John “Jack” Dailey said, “Discovery has renowned itself as a champion of America’s convey fleet. In a new home, it will gleam as an American icon, educating and moving people of all ages for generations to come. The Museum is committed to training and moving youngsters, so that they will stand a ladder of educational success and select professions that will assistance America be rival and successful in a universe of tomorrow.”
In this new epoch of exploration, NASA will build a capabilities to send humans deeper into space than ever before. NASA is regulating a space hire as a exam bed and stepping mill for a tour ahead. The group is changing a approach it does business and fostering a blurb courtesy that will safely use low Earth orbit, so NASA can concentration a appetite and resources on promulgation astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and eventually to Mars in a 2030s.
The space hire is a centerpiece of NASA’s tellurian spaceflight activities in low Earth orbit. It is entirely staffed with an general organisation of six, and American astronauts will continue to live and work there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as they have for some-more than 11 years. Part of a U.S. apportionment of a hire has been designated as a inhabitant laboratory, and NASA is committed to regulating this singular apparatus for systematic research.
The hire is contrast scrutiny technologies such as unconstrained refueling of spacecraft, modernized life support systems and human/robotic interfaces. Commercial companies are good on their approach to providing load and organisation flights to a station, permitting NASA to concentration a courtesy on a subsequent stairs into the solar system.
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