Space Shuttle Columbia (scale model) at the Smithsonian

Space Shuttle Columbia (scale model) at the Smithsonian
Space Shuttle

Image by InSapphoWeTrust
This scale model is part of the spaceflight area, and placed right under the left wing of Discovery.

Columbia was the first spaceworthy Space Shuttle, first being launched in 1981. On its 28th flight in 2003, it was damaged during launch and was destroyed during re-entry.

This scale model portrays Columbia as she would have looked in her early years – the name "Columbia" on the cargo bay door, the American flag on the left wing and "USA" on the right wing, and the NASA worm logo. The black leading wing roots were a unique feature of Columbia.

Endeavour Work at LAX (201209240004HQ)
Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen in a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its way up the Hudson River to the USS Intrepid June 6, 2012
Space Shuttle

Image by New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Space Shuttle Enterprise moves up the through the New York and New Jersey Harbor and up the Hudson River with a NYPD escort June 6, 2012 on its way to the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum where it will be permanently displayed. (photo by Dan Desmet, New York District public affairs)

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