Shuttle Enterprise Is Mated On SCA (201204200001HQ)

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    The space shuttle Enterprise is seen mated on top of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at Washington Dulles International Airport, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sterling, Va. Enterprise, the first orbiter built for the Space Shuttle Program, was used primarily for ground and flight tests within the atmosphere. The initial testing period named Approach and Landing Test (ALT) included a flight on February 18, 1977 atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to measure structural loads and ground handling and braking characteristics of the mated system. Enterprise will go on permanent display at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York in June. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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    1. ep_jhu 36 months ago | reply

      Love the blue hue/saturation.
      About the title - doesn't "demated" mean it's separated? Isn't this a mating operation, vice demating?

    2. NASA HQ PHOTO 36 months ago | reply

      @ep_jhu - Thankyou, Good catch. Bad copy and paste from previous demate of Discovery.

    3. Iain Jaques 36 months ago | reply

      Love how that even though the Shuttle program has ceased going into space.. it still produces truly amazing images!

    4. anewmanagn 36 months ago | reply

      This is the very same Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N905NA, used in Enterprise's Approach and Landing Tests. The entire service life of the other SCA, N911NA, began and ended while Enterprise was at Dulles.

    5. jason.bennion 36 months ago | reply

      Back where she belongs, one more time. I was a young boy during the ALT flights. They were as thrilling to me as any launch.

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