Space shuttle rocket boosters roll into California for Endeavour orbiter exhibit

Two rocket boosters made from parts that launched on more than 80 space shuttle missions are now parked outside of Los Angeles, having moved a step closer to standing up the display of a retired NASA orbiter.

The twin solid rocket motors, which Northrop Grumman pledged to donate for the California Science Center’s exhibit of the space shuttle Endeavour in 2017, were delivered over the past couple of weeks to the Mojave Air and Space Port, where they are being temporarily held in outdoor storage. The inert motor cases, which Northrop Grumman described as being “structurally representative” of the solid rocket boosters used during NASA’s space shuttle program, were trucked in from the company’s Promontory, Utah test facility after being prepared for their exhibit.

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