, and used it to fly space shuttle orbiters from landing sites back to Kennedy Space Center. Now that 318,000-pound behemoth, which is still flight certifiable, calls Houston home. Before retirement, she served our space program well, carrying shuttles 223 times over 42 years. For the Independence Plaza
exhibit at Space Center Houston, the carrier has been paired with a replica of the space shuttle Independence
, with the public having access to both. The plane’s fuselage and the shuttle replica feature learning areas filled with artifacts and different exhibits about the shuttle program, which focus on career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 5. Continuing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 1601 NASA Parkway. For information, call 281-244-2100 or visit spacecenter.org
. $19.95 to $31.
Care to hitch a ride, Space City style? In the ultimate in after-market modification, NASA tricked out an American Airlines airplane in 1974, renamed it