Shuttles prepared for post-flight lives
After 30 years, the space shuttle program has ended, and with their flying days behind them the orbiters are being prepared for public display. Inside the orbiter processing center at Kennedy Space Center, the shuttle Endeavour is surrounded by platforms and equipment as it is readied for retirement. Stephanie Stilson, director of orbiter retirement, hopes by displaying the Endeavour and its sister ships, visitors will be impressed by more than the technology. "Yes, they are fantastic vehicles, they did marvelous things, but what made that happen? It was the people; it was the workforce behind that. And so I'm confident that the display sides are making that a priority as to show not just the vehicle itself, but the team behind it.Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the shuttle Atlantis will go on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. Discover will be sent next month to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.