A piece of a rocket that has made eight trips to space has a new home, outside The Leonardo museum.
A section of the solid rocket motor case that was part of launching eight NASA space shuttle missions was delivered Wednesday morning to The Leonardo, in Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. It was installed outside the building, the first part of an outdoor extension of The Leo’s standing exhibit, “Flight.”
The aerospace company Orbital ATK, which built the motor case, donated it to the art-and-technology museum.
The section is 12 feet in diameter, 10 feet long, and weights 8,640 pounds. The case helped launch the shuttles Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor. The Atlantis mission had two women astronauts, including Shannon Lucid, the only woman American astronaut to serve aboard the Russian MIR space station.