Independence Rising

Crowds gathered to watch the “Rise of Independence” ceremony, the dedication of the new international attraction at Space Center Houston.  

Retired space shuttles Enterprise, Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis are on display in museums across the country but Houston has made room for a one of a kind experience. Independence is a replica of the spacecraft that were carried on top of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, to transport the shuttles.

Houston-area student musicians in hardhats played the violin, leading the countdown for a 282-foot crane to maneuver the 80-ton replica on top of a Boeing 747, previously disassembled and reassembled by Boeing’s Airplane On Ground team and donated by Boeing to Space Center Houston. 

A team under Independence, welding it in place.


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