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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The last of the three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs) is installed onto space shuttle Discovery, on December 7, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

DISCOVERY: RSME Update #3... The last of the three Replica Shuttle Main Engines has been installed onto the orbiter today. The final components that now need to be attached to Discovery are the main thruster nozzles for her two Orbital Maneuvering System pods. Once that is complete, Discovery will be placed inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (where sister ship Endeavour currently resides) for storage till it’s time for her to take one last trip aboard a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The transport is set to take place next April.

The last of the three RSMEs is installed onto space shuttle Discovery, on December 7, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

The last of the three RSMEs is installed onto space shuttle Discovery, on December 7, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

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