Why The Hell Is The Space Shuttle Cruising The Gulf Of Mexico Today?

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson and his pal Steve Robinson were flying a T-38 today over the gulf and noticed this weird scene: the space shuttle cruising on board a barge. "Not something you see every day," he says. Indeed!

The shuttle is the Explorer, the full shuttle replica that was installed Kennedy Space centre Visitor Complex, in Florida. Explorer — which obviously never flew to space — has been replaced by Atlantis. Explorer is now en route to the Johnson Space centre in Houston, Texas. [Twitter via Dvice]

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