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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Two of the three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs) that will be installed onto space shuttle Discovery next week.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

DISCOVERY: RSME Update #1... The three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs) that will be attached to Discovery next week are now inside the engine shop at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The RSMEs are the last major items (which also includes the two main Orbital Maneuvering System thruster nozzles) to be installed onto the orbiter before she is prepped for transport to her final retirement home at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, in April of 2012. The real Space Shuttle Main Engines are at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi...where they are in storage until becoming operational again onboard the Space Launch System as early as 2017.

One of the RSMEs that will be installed onto space shuttle Discovery next week.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

One of the RSMEs that will be installed onto space shuttle Discovery next week.
NASA / Dimitri Gerondidakis

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