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NASA's shuttle orbiter Endeavour undergoes preparation for lift off. Photo Credit: NASATitle to shuttle orbiter Endeavour was turned over to the California Science Center of Los Angeles on Oct. 11, the latest in a succesion of steps to decommission the winged spacecraft and deliver it to the West Coast for display in late 2012."Endeavour now will begin its new mission to stimulate an interest in science and engineering in future generations at the science center," Jeffrey Rudolph, the science center's president, said in a statement.Endeavour returned from her 25th and final flight on June 1. The shuttle's six crew members touched down at the Kennedy Space Center after a 16 day mission to equip the International Space Station with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.On April 12, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden designated locations for each of the remaining orbiters in the shuttle fleet. Discovery will head for the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar Hazy Center in surburban Washington, D. C. for display. Atlantis will nest at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Cape Canaveral, Fla. Enterprise, which was featured in the approach and landing tests that paved the way for the inaugural shuttle launch on April 12, 1981, will head for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.Atlantis returned from the 135th shuttle mission July 21.NASA will ferry Endeavour from Kennedy to the Los Angeles International Airport aboard a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft. From there, the shuttle will be driven through the streets of Los Angeles to its science center destination Exposition Park.
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