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November 7, 2012

Shuttle trainer opens to the public Saturday

Photo by Mike Bush, The Museum of Flight [enlarge]

Opening ceremonies for the Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit will be held at The Museum of Flight at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Officials from NASA, the museum and the state will attend, and there will be live music and family activities.

The $12 million Charles Simonyi Space Gallery was built to house one of the retiring space shuttles, but the museum lost a competition to get one and received the trainer instead. The gallery opened earlier this year.

The trainer is more than 100 feet long and four stories high. It was used by NASA to train every space shuttle astronaut.

SRG Partnership designed the gallery. Sellen was the general contractor, and Seneca Group was development manager.

Go to museumofflight.org for information.


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