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Orbiter Atlantis to Roost in Retirement at KSC

4:46 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
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CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. -- The shuttle orbiter Atlantis will be displayed in retirement at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, officials said today.

Discovery, as expected, is heading to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum annex in Dulles, Va.

The prototype orbiter Enterprise will move from the Smithsonian to the Inteprid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.

And in a surprise, Endeavour will roost in retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Many had thought an orbiter or the prototype would have gone to the Johnson Space Center in Houston or the Air Force museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Or the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The California Science Center was selected because it is located near the Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility where the orbiters were assembled.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden made the announcement at a ceremony outside Orbiter Processing Facility Bay No. 1, the hangar where Atlantis is being prepped for NASA's 135th and final flight this summer. Launch is set for June 28.

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