What does it take to turn a spaceship into a museum piece?

Author's Note

Whenever I walk into a museum filled with flying machines, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the enormity of such craft. And to think that some of them actually careered around the Earth at thousands of miles per hour -- well, there's no wrapping my head around that. So to finally see these ships up close and in person in a tangible way helps connect me to the reality of spaceflight. For people like me, who can hardly imagine what it would be like to fly through space, museums are the one way we can really get a feeling -- no matter how fleeting -- of what it would be like to zip around in orbit.

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