This week the space shuttle discovery was transported to her new home at the Air and Space museum annex. thanks to the hard work of Steve (@Swarren25) I was able to get in to see her before she was displayed to the general public. Here are a few pictures from that visit.
I was struck by how rugged and industrial this shuttle looks. As a fan of space and aviation I picture the shuttles as chrisp clean examples of the pinacle of our advances. Lookign at Discovery in person I see the hard reality of thirty years of service. As you look through these pictures you will see panels and pieces that have been replaced. Worn markings and signage, and the soul that comes when a piece of equipment has been worked and cared for through generations of maintinance care.