Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Museum takes ownership of Endeavour

The space shuttle Endeavour took off on its final mission in May. Ownership has now been handed over to a museum in California (AP)
Astronauts Mark Kelly, left, and Drew Feustel sign documents transferring the title of the retired space shuttle Endeavour (AP)

Nasa has transferred ownership of the retired space shuttle Endeavour to a museum in the US.

The ceremony marking the handover at the California Science Centre was attended by several members of Endeavour's last crew, including Mark Kelly - husband of shot US politician Gabrielle Giffords.

Endeavour is expected to arrive next year at Los Angeles International Airport and then be towed through the streets to the museum.

Museum president Jeffrey Rudolph says Endeavour will be housed horizontally in a temporary display until a permanent exhibit is built. Its final position will be vertical, as if it is ready to launch.

Nasa retired the space shuttle fleet in July after three decades of flying. Museums in Washington, Florida and New York will receive the remaining shuttles.

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