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NASA 905, a modified Boeing 747, will ferry the Discovery, Enterprise and Endeavour shuttles to the cities of their final display venues.

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In front of a spectacular desert sunset, technicians in the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at NASA Dryden mount Space Shuttle Atlantis atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 911 for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., following its STS-44 mission in late 1991. The shuttles and SCA 9

Lights Out for Space Shuttle Program at Dryden

Transition and retirement phase of the program concludes; remaining shuttle assets being dispositioned or dismantled.

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A full-size model of the space shuttle's solid rocket booster and external tank stack will dwarf many other Space Coast structures.

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Atlantis' New Home to Open June 29

Officials at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recently announced June 29 as the grand opening date for the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit.

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Lift and Tilt Prepares Atlantis for Display

Still in its protective shrink wrap, space shuttle Atlantis has been raised and tilted into display position at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor ...

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    Shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center

    The final space shuttle has landed, but there is plenty of work still to come in the transition and retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.

    As the majority of the shuttle workforce moves on to other work – many on future exploration plans – a small core will remain to see that the program's 30-year legacy is preserved in the best possible manner. In the coming months they will ensure that the orbiters and other artifacts are safely prepared for their new homes and the lessons learned through the program's history are gathered for future generations.

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