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Travel Tip: Space Shuttle Tourism

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It goes without saying that as one chapter closes another begins. This year marked the end of the space shuttle program, and for many of us, the end of an era. But here’s how you can still mark their legacy.

Earlier this fall, thousands of people gathered to see the space shuttle Endeavor flying over Los Angeles and then being transported to its permanent home. The shuttle is now on permanent display at the California Science Center.

The Atlantis made its way home to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle won’t be on full display until next summer, but there’s actually an online camera that’s showing some of the construction process. And then there’s the Discovery, which first launched in 1984, and has completed more missions than any other spacecraft, circling the Earth more than 5,800 times.

Today, it’s replacing the prototype shuttle Enterprise at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington. As for the Enterprise…that was moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York where it suffered some damage from Hurricane Sandy, so watch this space to find out when you can see it again.

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