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Nal_onal Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas 77058

AC713 483-5111

Robert Gordon

ForRelease

RELEASE NO:

78-11

February23, 1978

"Enterprise"at Ellington

Enterprise,the nation's first Space Shuttle orbiter,will be

on display at Ellington Air Force Base for three days, March 10-12, 1978.

Enterpriseis 'enrouteto the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,

Huntsville,Alabama,where it will undergo a series of ground vibration

tests. The 75-ton orbiter will be flown piggy-backatop its carrier

aircrafta modified 747 jetliner. The EllingtonAir Force Base stop

is a scheduled re-fuelingstop for the 747 enroute from the NASA Dryden

Flight ResearchCenter, Edwards,Californiato the NASA facility in Alabama.

The public is invited to view the landing at 2 p.m., March 10.

The 747 Orbiter combinationwill be on public display from 2 p.m.

through 5 p.m. on March 10 and again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March ll and March 12.

Enterpriseis the first of several Shuttle orbitersNASA plans

to build for the Shttle TransportationSystem which will begin with

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