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Space Shuttle: As Discovery makes final flight, L.A. awaits Endeavour

April 17, 2012 |  7:33 am

 

As the Space Shuttle Discovery is flown Tuesday to its new home in Virginia, officials in Los Angeles are making preparations to house the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The California Science Center is working on an aircraft hangar for the Endeavour, which is expected to arrive in the fall.

There has been much excitement Tuesday as Discovery makes its final flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The California Science Center is one of three museums nationwide to receive a retired space shuttle; a fourth is receiving the prototype Enterprise.

The Enterprise prototype, now at the Udvar-Hazy center, will move to New York City on April 23. In June, it will be moved by barge to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex.

The Atlantis will remain in Florida and be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex.

The California Science Center's hangar will be built northwest of the state-run museum, near downtown Los Angeles. Eventually, the museum will build a permanent Air and Space Center, and Endeavour will be its centerpiece.

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