Lone Star Flight Museum receives historic NASA shuttle simulator for permanent exhibition

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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It may look like some kind of trailer, but the thing being hauled to the Lone Star Flight Museum was a part of space history. Watch SkyEye video of this piece of NASA history on the move.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A piece of NASA history made the steady trip to the Lone Star Flight Museum on Tuesday, where it is being permanently housed and on display for space enthusiasts.

The Shuttle Mission Simulator Motion Base, or SMS-MB, was captured on camera by SkyEye as it made the slow approach to the museum located next to Ellington Field in southeast Houston.

According to the museum, the SMS-MB was integral throughout NASA's run for its space shuttle program. It was first used in the 1970s to support the first shuttle mission in 1981.

"SMS complex at the Johnson Space Center included three full-fidelity, fully functional Space Shuttle Orbiter cockpit replicas that were used to train Space Shuttle flight crews and mission controllers," the museum's website explains. "The Motion base, displayed here, included the forward portion of the cockpit mounted on a hydraulically powered full motion system. It was used mostly for ascent and entry/landing training."

Most importantly, the Lone Star Flight Museum says the historic equipment required volunteers to spend 5,000 hours to restore the simulator.

The flight museum offered free admission to the public for two hours in the afternoon Tuesday to celebrate the new exhibit's arrival. Lone Star Flight Museum members can see the display for free during normal operating hours.

Additional info can be found on the museum's website.

SMS-MB joins other NASA equipment that is already on display, including a small pressurized rover and the Centaur humanoid robot, which will be used for future missions to the moon and Mars.

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