HOUSTON – The spaceship that never left earth arrived by sea Friday as Explorer continued its journey to Space Center Houston.
Boats, jet skis and wind surfers were on Clear Lake to welcome Explorer to its new home.
Hundreds of people also gathered on the shores for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a shuttle on the water.
Among those watching were astronauts who flew aboard the real shuttles.
The shuttle was greeted with a with traditional water salute as it approached the docks near the Nassau Bay Hilton Friday afternoon.
The full-scale mockup space shuttle was towed from Kennedy Space Center in Florida through the Gulf of Mexico.