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Cozmosis22
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posted 12-22-2013 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the orbiter mockup Independence, recently known as "Explorer," the same one introduced at Kennedy Space Center back in the early 90's as "Ambassador"?

This excerpt from a VIC flyer back in 1991.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-22-2013 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, but it served as the model for what is now Independence. As A Field Guide to American Spacecraft notes about the Ambassador:
Originally built for a traveling Space Fair sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, this full size model of a Space Shuttle Orbiter breaks into transportable segments allowing it to travel around the world. Note the large viewing windows located at the flight deck and the mid deck. It has been displayed at Kennedy Space Center and in Korea and reportedly is now in Peru.
The last report I have been able to find suggests it was moved from Peru to Chile and was there as recent as 2011, but since then its whereabouts are unknown.

Cozmosis22
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posted 12-22-2013 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would say that maybe it's time for that "Ambassador" to come home? It appears to have gone AWOL.

Zach121k
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posted 12-22-2013 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zach121k   Click Here to Email Zach121k     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're missing a space shuttle! Let's see if we can find any info.

Ronpur
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posted 12-23-2013 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
$6.00 bus tours... I miss those days!

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