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Shuttle Replica "Independence"

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Shuttle Replica’s Emblems Revealed at Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston President and CEO Richard Allen, Jr. and retired astronaut Clay Anderson unveil the name "Independence" on the forward fuselage of a high-fidelity space shuttle replica during an event on July 25. The replica is destined to be lifted atop a retired Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that was used by NASA to ferry the shuttles from California to their Florida launch site. The ceremonies dubbed “The Rise of Independence” will take place on August 14.

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Navy christens new research ship for Sally Ride, first US woman in space

August 14, 2014 - It was not quite a blast off, but a full-size, replica space shuttle rose into the morning sky over Houston on Thursday (Aug. 14), to be mounted on top of a historic NASA jumbo jet.

The brief, crane-enabled flight of the mock space shuttle "Independence" was the latest milestone in Space Center Houston's plans for a $12 million attraction with the orbiter and aircraft stack as its unique centerpiece.

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