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OCC Space Shuttle Tribute Bike

After countdown, a deep rumble ignited hundreds of NASA employees who gathered for an unveiling of the long, lean bike built to pay tribute to the thousands of people who make the real Space Shuttles fly.

The bike's unveiling was held at Space Center Houston, the official visitor's center next to the Johnson Space Center. The Space Shuttle Tribute Bike was a project of a group of JSC employees teaming up with the Discovery Channel's popular "American Chopper" television show.

"This is about the workers behind the space program," said Shuttle Tribute Bike Project lead Gary Dalrymple, Electrical Systems Flight Controller of Barrios. "It's about a joy and love for the [Shuttle] vehicle."

The Shuttle Tribute Bike committee foresees the bike as a great way to educate the public and excite new audiences about space exploration. They chose to have a chopper-style motorcycle built because a chopper symbolizes the hands-on, uniquely American style that is reflected in the work ethic that built the space program.