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After decades: Public to witness NASA's Columbia, Challenger Shuttle Wreckage

Aug 06, 2015 12:14 AM EDT


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides debris from Challenger and Columbia to the public after hidden from the world for decades.

A new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center has two pieces of debris, the loss of each shuttle and poignant personal memories of the 14 astronauts who died on the flight. This is a unique collection of objects - the first time that all Challenger and Columbia remains were displayed publicly.

Since the tragic comeback Columbia burned remains were hidden in the offices of taboos in the spaceport. But NASA had to break down underground room housing Challenger - A pair of abandoned silos in the neighboring resort of Cape Canaveral Air Force missiles - the part of town called screen now.

The exhumation was conducted in secret. While in the program, in fact, it was top secret during the four years it took to complete the project in the hands of the families of the astronauts respect for the dead.

June Scobee Rodgers has never had a real vestige of her husband destroys shuttle Challenger seen the opening of the exhibition, shortly before the end of the June discreet opening. It is located in a dimly lit room: a section 12 feet of the cover on the left side of the Challenger, upright and floating position with rods and scraping, but the American flag colorful still bright, and chassis calcined window Columbia's cabin, seemingly as equals."Unfortunately, yes," to see the wreck, but is "a wonderful monument" to the shuttle, said Scobee Rodgers.

Items that are astronauts on the other side of a "real pass" the memory of who they were as individuals. Challenger commander Francis "Dick" Scobee cabinet on the left side of the main room of the exhibition, including Starduster biplane leather helmet and June used to fly, and blue "NGTF" T-shirt Class astronauts in 1978, called the thirty and five new guys.

Cruz is in the hallway of a worn cowboy boots right side of Columbia commander Rick Husband and the trite open Bible in Proverbs. It is a showcase for each astronaut, full of personal items but does not help all families, including teacher Christa McAuliffe is."Forever Remembered" is a permanent exhibition, which is part of a larger retirement of the space shuttle Atlantis focusing screen.

NASA chose Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle guarding the launch site, after completing the program Atlantis last mission in the year 2011th. The entry of the new exhibition is directly under the nose of Atlantis, that is, with its wide doors to celebrate, as if orbiting the earth constantly agape.

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