Nasa Space Shuttle Flown Orbiter Retainer Clip

MFG By: North American Aviation

Part #: V7-317747-21

Flown: In space onboard shuttle for multiple missions

EX: Charles Bell Collection - Original Auction Tag From Estate Sale


NASA Flown Space Shuttle Orbiter Retainer Clip Manufacturer: North American Aviation Part No V7-317747-21 Piece is 7" x 2" All items from this Auction came from the estate of Charles Bell in 2000.


** Space Shuttle Orbiter **

The Space Shuttle orbiter is the spaceplane component of the Space Shuttle, a partially reusable orbital spacecraft system that was part of the discontinued Space Shuttle program. Operated from 1977 to 2011 by NASA, the U.S. space agency, this vehicle could carry astronauts and payloads into low Earth orbit, perform in-space operations, then re-enter the atmosphere and land as a glider, returning its crew and any on-board payload to the Earth.


With the end of the Shuttle program, plans were made to place the three remaining Space Shuttle orbiters on permanent display. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the disposition location of the orbiters on April 12, 2011, the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight and the 30th anniversary of the first flight of Columbia. Discovery went to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, replacing Enterprise which was moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Endeavour went to the California Science Center in Los Angeles arriving on October 14, 2012. Atlantis went to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on November 2, 2012