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Future home of space shuttles announced

Courtesy Kennedy Space Center

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On April 12, the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first space shuttle, NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. announced the future homes for the three remaining space shuttles.

The Discovery, which completed its final mission in March, will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia; the Endeavour, which is scheduled for its final flight this spring, will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles; and the Atlantis, scheduled for its last mission in June, will go to the Kennedy Space Center visitor center, a short distance from where the shuttles have been housed.

The Enterprise, used for early glide tests but never flown in space, will move from the Udvar-Hazy Center, where it has been displayed since 2004, to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York City.