Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center is to get more than $17 million worth of NASA Space Shuttle parts for display in 2011.
Because the shuttle program's ending, NASA's letting universities and museums have spacecraft components, flight hardware and other artifacts.
Science-Center Omnisphere Theatre Director Lance Tankersley applied for artifacts and last week learned Columbus is to get a set of shuttle artifacts that includes a 4,300-pound piece of engine nozzle, an on-board computer, a launch-pad escape basket, part of a 49-foot-long wing, a launch control room biomedical console, a shuttle tire, tool box and window.
The artifacts won't be available January 2011, at least, leaving space-science center staff time to decide how to store and display them.
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