The museum has just completed a display highlighting one of our most treasured artifacts, Space Shuttle Main Engine Nozzle Unit # 2029. During the operational period of NASA’s STS program between 1981 and 2011, every Space Shuttle was equipped with three RS-25 main rocket engines; each engine had an individual exhaust nozzle. A veteran of five space flights, nozzle #2029 flew on three Endeavor and two Atlantis missions from 1994 through 1996 before being retired to the metallurgy lab where NASA conducted tests on the impact of the burning propellant on the nozzles components.
At sixty-four square feet and over nine feet in height, the newly constructed bright orange display structure securely elevates nozzle #2029 to permit museum patrons an unobstructed view of the complex structure of this engineering masterpiece.
- MFAM Curator