Now that NASA is close to retiring its space shuttle program, today agency officials announced where the "soon-to-be museum pieces would end up," according to the New York Times. And hey, fittingly given the number of nearby take-offs and landings, LA is getting one of the aircrafts.
"The Discovery, which completed its final flight last month, is headed to the Smithsonian, for display at the spacious Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. The Endeavour, currently on the launching pad for its final space trip, will go to the California Science Center. The Atlantis, scheduled for its last mission in June, will go to the Kennedy visitor complex." "About a dozen museums were in the running to land one of the retired shuttles," according to NBC4.
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