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Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Space shuttle trainer exhibit opens at Seattle museum

  • The NASA Space Shuttle Trainer sits on display, Saturday in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The trainer, which w...

    Associated Press

    The NASA Space Shuttle Trainer sits on display, Saturday in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The trainer, which was built in the 1970s and used to train every space shuttle astronaut over three decades, opened to the public Saturday and will remain a part of the museum's permanent exhibits.

  • Former Shuttle astronauts Nicholas Patrick, (center) and Wendy Lawrence speak to a crowd of onlookers during the grand opening ceremony for the NASA S...

    Associated Press

    Former Shuttle astronauts Nicholas Patrick, (center) and Wendy Lawrence speak to a crowd of onlookers during the grand opening ceremony for the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit, Saturday, in the Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

  • With his arms spread like an airplane, Josh Melton, 5, runs toward the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in the Charles Sim...

    Associated Press

    With his arms spread like an airplane, Josh Melton, 5, runs toward the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Melton attended the grand opening with his grandparents.

  • Layne Benofsky, 40, checks his email on his phone while inside the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, Saturday, in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the M...

    Associated Press

    Layne Benofsky, 40, checks his email on his phone while inside the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, Saturday, in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. An employee of the Museum of Flight, Benofsky took on the role of mascot for the day's events.

  • A museum staffer dressed in a shuttle flight suit greets children with free posters at the moment of opening the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit fo...

    Associated Press

    A museum staffer dressed in a shuttle flight suit greets children with free posters at the moment of opening the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit for public access, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in the Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

SEATTLE -- An exhibit featuring a full-scale mock-up of a Space Shuttle has opened to the public.
The Museum of Flight exhibit opened Saturday. It features a mock-up NASA astronauts used to train before their missions. The public will be able to walk through the mock-up to learn about astronaut training.
It took three flights on a huge plane known as the Super Guppy to bring the massive mock-up to Seattle.



Story tags » Libraries & MuseumsSpace programs

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