The day is here.  Houston’s very own space shuttle replica INDEPENDENCE will be hoisted by crane to its permanent home atop the historic 747 that carried shuttles across country to the launch site.

Space Center Houston bills it as the “Rise of Independence”, a free event, open to the public, Thursday morning.  And it is an event! The crane itself is 243 feet tall, lifting the 160,000 pound INDEPENDENCE.

We’ve certainly seen shuttles launch on tv and fly-over Houston atop the carrier, but it’s always a surprise up close and personal to experience the massive presence of these aircraft.  We’ll have it on Houston’s Morning News and all the links at