With Shuttle Program Over, NASA Prepares to Smash Retired Craft Together

"We've wanted to do this for so long," says engineer

Endeavour Versus Discovery

NASA/Frankie Martin

Today at Kennedy Space Center, two of the glorious veterans of the Space Shuttle program are going to fire up their onboard liquid-fuel rocket engines one final time and accelerate to hypersonic speeds before crashing nose-to-nose in a majestic finale.

Or perhaps NASA is just presenting a cute photo-op while re-parking the shuttles, as they prepare to move to their new museum homes.