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Here is where you can find these pieces of history during your next road trip.
Where can the retired space shuttles be found?
NASA commissioned six space shuttles under its Space Shuttle Program fleet: the Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. Four of the six space shuttles can be viewed in museums throughout the country.
First flight: Aug. 12, 1977. Last flight: April 27, 2012
Space Shuttle Enterprise is on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. General admission for the museum is $33 for adults, $31 for seniors age 65 and above and $24 for children up to the age of 12. The Enterprise was a prototype that never entered space but was used to conduct landing glide tests.
First flight: Aug. 30, 1984. Last flight: Feb. 24, 2011
Space Shuttle Discovery is on display at the National Air and Space Museum, which is a part of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Admission is free, though there is a $15 fee for parking before 4 p.m. if needed.
First flight: Oct. 3, 1985. Last flight: July 8, 2011
Space Shuttle Atlantis is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral in Florida. For a limited time, daily admission is $29.99 for adults and $24.99 for children ages 3 to 11. The regular cost is $57 plus tax for adults and $47 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11.
First flight: May 7, 1992. Last flight: May 16, 2011.
Space Shuttle Endeavour is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Admission to the museum is free, however, the cost to see the space shuttle is $3 during peak hours, with a timed reservation.
IMAX Theater prices, which is full price for adults and discounted prices for students, seniors and children are as follows; $8.95 for adults, $6.75 for children up to the age of 12, $7.95 for students age 13 and older and $7.95 for seniors age 65 and older.
What happened to the Challenger and Columbia?
Unfortunately, the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles were completely destroyed during missions, and 14 passengers lost their lives.
The Space Shuttle Challenger never made it into space and disintegrated 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986, killing astronauts Michael J. Smith, Francis R. Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith A. Resnik.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry of earth's orbit on Feb. 1, 2003, killing Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson, David Brown and Ilan Ramon.
This article, originally published on 5/27/20, has been updated to reflect the correct pricing to visit Space Shuttle Endeavour and Kennedy Space Center Vistor Complex.