NASA’s Space Shuttle is as iconic as baseball for any person older than 10 years old. While there are valid debates about whether the craft ever did live up to its mission, no one will argue that the complex craft inspired a generation to both love space and have great respect for the difficult task to get there.
While everyone has seen videos of launches and landings, there are relatively few videos out there that clearly showed the inside of the craft beyond the cockpit and windows to the cargo bay. This Google Arts and Culture video, in partnership with the Smithsonian definitely is a must-watch video.
In the video, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Maj Gen (Ret) Charles Bolden narrate their return to the Space Shuttle Discovery, now housed at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. With just a scroll of the mouse (or moving your phone on a mobile device), you can see a full 360 degree view of the mid-deck and the cockpit. Even in retirement, the Space Shuttle is still a fantastic looking aircraft. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.