Shuttles play musical chairs in Florida

March 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- NASA says two of its retired space shuttles are swapping places at Florida's Kennedy Space Center as part of ongoing preparations to display them in museums.

Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis will swap places, with Atlantis moving from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Orbiter Processing Facility-1, passing Discovery along the way, Florida Today reported Friday.

Discovery's exit from a shuttle-processing hangar will be its last before a ferry flight to Washington's Dulles International Airport, planned for April 17, for display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center next to the airport.

Atlantis will be the last orbiter to leave the Kennedy Space Center, making a short journey down the road to the Visitor Complex in November.

Endeavour, currently in residence at Orbiter Processing Facility-2, is expected to be ferried to Los Angeles in September for display at the city's California Science Center.

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