Tulsa Air and Space Museum countdowns to launch Shuttle Trainer

TULSA, Okla. - June 10, 2020 - PRLog -- NASA has selected Tulsa to be the new home for a full-size Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer used to train astronauts during the Shuttle Program.  This follows an impressive effort by the Air and Space Museum to obtain a retired Space Shuttle vehicle in 2008 with "Land the Shuttle" campaign. The deadline to bring the Shuttle Trainer to Tulsa is September 2021, with plans for preparation and content development to create an exciting new element for the museum.

Many Space Shuttle and Apollo components were made in Tulsa.  Supporting the Air and Space Museum's educational mission, the Shuttle Trainer exhibit will emphasize problem-solving concepts and inspire visitors to pursue career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as feeding the imagination of exploring space!  The Shuttle Trainer will honor those who designed, built and flew in American's Space Shuttle Program.

"Tulsa is home to many innovative and talented individuals moving our country forward in space," said Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01). "The arrival of this Compartment Trainer at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum will introduce Oklahomans to an educational piece of aerospace history and inspire generations of engineers and astronauts to come. As a former aerospace engineer, I look forward to checking out the new exhibit for myself!"

The Shuttle Trainer is a high-fidelity life-size replica of the Shuttle nose, cockpit and crew compartment of a shuttle, and will be an impressive crown jewel of the Air and Space Museum's NASA collection!  The Shuttle Trainer exhibit will host educational programs and be used for special and private events in and around the artifact. Visit tulsamuseum.org/Shuttle (https://www.tulsamuseum.org/Shuttle)  to learn more.  More astronauts have been inside the CCT than all the shuttles combined.

To join the many generous donors who honored the shuttle program, visit https://www.tulsamuseum.org/donate/

Go to our Visitor Info (https://www.tulsamuseum.org/tickets/) page for ticket prices and tips to enjoy your visit.  Tulsa Air and Space Members will enjoy a preview of the exhibit before it opens to the public. Purchase a Membership (https://www.tulsamuseum.org/memberships/) for as little as $65 and become a part of the mission.
About the Museum
With a mission to preserve Oklahoma's aerospace history and to inspire science-based learning through discovery, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) has carved out a unique niche in the Oklahoma museum community, with a focus on the aerospace industry, the second largest employer in the state. Last year, more than 33,000 students participated in STEM engagement, consisting of tours, STEM activities, interactive exhibits and planetarium educational programming.

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