SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2012--NASA's Johnson Space Center will officially handover the "keys" to the Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer to the Seattle Museum of Flight in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. News media representatives are invited to attend.
The ceremony will include an official signing of the Space Act Agreement that will transfer ownership of the trainer, which includes both a crew cockpit and shuttle cargo bay area, and was used to familiarize astronauts with shuttle cockpit controls and and emergency exit procedures over the life of the Space Shuttle Program.
The museum will accept responsibility for the Full Fuselage Trainer, and its transportation to Seattle. By donating Johnson Space Center's shuttle training resources to outside partners, NASA hopes to find areas of common interest that will foster new technologies that improve life here on Earth, and pave the way for future human exploration in space.
JSC Director Michael L. Coats will welcome guests, including the Museum of Flight's President Douglas King and Mission Operations Director Paul Hill, who will provide remarks on the partnership agreement. The signing ceremony will be followed by a question-and-answer session for media.
To arrange for credentials, contact the Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Jan. 18.
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