Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pegasus Departs KSC

Click the arrow to watch video of the Pegasus departure. Video source: Florida Today.

Florida Today reports that the NASA barge Pegasus has departed the Kennedy Space Center Turn Basin for Mississippi, and may never return.

The Pegasus, towed by a crew of three seamen and one technician aboard the Freedom Star solid booster recovery ship, is bound for Bay St. Louis, Miss., where it will remain in storage until a new use for it is determined, NASA said in a press release.

The 266-foot-long, 50-foot-wide Pegasus barge is expected to complete the It's 900-mile journey Nov. 16.

The Pegasus sailed 41 times and delivered 31 space shuttle external tanks between 1999 and 2011. This time it is carrying ground support equipment that was used to install space shuttle main engines in orbiters.

The engines will be used — and discarded — on early flights of the Space Launch System.

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