NASA Will Retain Block II SSMEs

By Mark Carreau .

HOUSTON — Not every element of NASA’s space shuttle fleet is headed for a museum or the trash bin, as the three-decade old program is retired following the scheduled missions of Endeavour in late April and Atlantis in late June.

Between 14 and 16 Block II reusable space shuttle main engines (SSMEs) will be retained and preserved for possible use by yet-to-be-defined follow-on initiatives. “The ...

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