Space Shuttle Endeavour is a space vehicle with a designation of OV-105 (Lamond 5). This is an out of action orbiter from NASA’s agenda and the fifth and last operational shuttle to be made. It commenced on its primary assignment, STS-49, in May 1992 (Lamond 8). Its 25th and the last assignment, STS-134, was projected to be the concluding operation of the Shuttle plan, but with the approval of STS-135, Atlantis turned out to be the very last shuttle. At first glance, this shuttle’s display in the museum is akin to Discovery’s found in the Udvar-Hazy Exhibition. However, their major difference is that, while Discovery is being laid on its landing gear, Endeavour is connected to columns that raise the orbiter some meters above the ground, high enough to enable people to walk beneath it, something not feasible with Discovery. These columns also act as seismic isolators that shield the shuttle in case an earthquake occurs.
Endeavour’s present habitat is not meant to be its final home since the museum is raising money to put up a permanent facility which will exhibit the orbiter in a very special manner. It will be raised vertically with a string of viewing podiums where the framework would be. This could be an exceptional way to exhibit the orbiter, but less intimate since people will not be able to get as close to it as they presently can because its worn surfaces will be beyond reach. As it was built later, Endeavour was erected with new hardware planned to expand and develop orbiter abilities (Ma, Vicker, Campbell, Wilson, Pavek, & Berger 71). Most of its equipment was afterward integrated into the other three orbiters at some point in out-of-service major assessment and adjustment programs.
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