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NASA Parkway To Close As The Big Move Continues

Much excitement surrounds Space Center Houston’s future exhibit.


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Boeing 747 was disassembled into seven major loads
The beginning of the The 1,000 foot-long convoy. The Boeing 747 was disassembled into seven major loads and put on trailers at Ellington Field.

After a long night crawling down State Highway 3 from Ellington Field, the seven-trailer convoy arrived at East Commerce Street off NASA Parkway around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Starting at 9 p.m., NASA Parkway will be closed from Highway 3 to Saturn Lane. The disassembled Boeing 747 will then cover the last two miles to Space Center Houston.

Richard Allen, president of Space Center Houston, said this is a huge day for the official visitors center of the Johnson Space Center.

“This is the biggest undertaking we’ve done since we opened the building back in 1992,” he said. “This provides so much for the community. We’re just honored to be able to display this artifact in an iconic configuration of the shuttle on top of it.”

Friendswood resident Frank Marlow flew the shuttle carrier aircraft from 1992 to 2009. He said he always expected the plane to end up at the Smithsonian in Washington.

“But since they didn’t take it,” he said, “I think what they’re doing here is they’re bringing a world-class exhibit to the cities of Houston and Galveston. And it’s going to bring a lot of people here to look at that airplane, that combination.”

Once it arrives at its destination, the plane will be reassembled, put on its pad and the space shuttle replica installed on top of it.

The exhibit will open at some point next year.