HOUSTON -- Another piece of history tied to the now retired space shuttle fleet is getting set for its last journey.
The old 747 jumbo jet that ferried shuttles on its back across the country is headed for its new life as a museum piece just outside NASA's Johnson Space Center south of Houston.
The aircraft has been disassembled, and its biggest pieces will be delivered on oversized flatbed trucks over two days starting Monday night. The 1,000-foot convoy will travel about walking speed the eight miles from Houston's Ellington Field to Space Center Houston.
The jet will be reassembled and topped by a shuttle replica.
Houston was left out as retirement home to the real shuttles. Those went to Los Angeles, Florida, the Smithsonian Institution and New York City.
According to Space Center Houston, the trek through the bay area will occurr Monday and Tuesday night, arriving the morning of Wednesday, April 30. Roads will close so workers can dismantle streetlights, signs and utility poles as the convoy approaches.
The portion of Highway 3 (Old Galveston Road) between its intersections with Scarsdale and NASA Parkway will close 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 28. Then on Tuesday, April 29, NASA Parkway from Highway 3 to Saturn Lane will close from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. (See Route Map in PDF format)
No utilities are expected to be interrupted. The convoy will only travel at night.
Need more info? Call Space Center Houton's "Big Move" info line: 281-244-2119.