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  • Visit retired space shuttles while on family travel

    2011-04-18

    Those who are partaking in family travel may want to consider touring some retired space shuttles, which are being donated to museums in Florida, California and Virginia.

    The NASA space agency announced that three retiring U.S. space shuttles, the Atlantis, the Endeavor and the Discovery will now be available for the public to see, according to the Globe and Mail.

    Although Atlantis is preparing to take its final flight this summer, the news provider said that it will stay in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. The Endeavor, which is making its final launch on April 29, will be heading to the California Science Center located in Los Angeles.

    Already retired, the Discovery can be viewed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

    Reuters reports that the vehicles are being retired in an effort to free up funds to create new spacecrafts that will have the ability to travel even farther from Earth.

    "This is a necessary step that we had to take so that we can go on to do the next step," NASA astronaut Ron Garan told the news provider.

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