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The final frontier: Atlantis finds a home in Florida



atlantis-returns-home.jpgCAPE CANAVERAL -- When space shuttle Atlantis returns from its final mission in July, it's coming home to stay at Kennedy Space Center.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made the announcement that the Visitors Center here will get to keep and display Atlantis for visitors and for the thousands of Kennedy Space Center workers who spent their careers launching the shuttles into orbit over the past three decades.

As expected, Kennedy Space Center won a nationwide sweepstakes to keep one of the three remaining active shuttles that have been the backbone of America's space program since 1981. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Brevard County, had pushed hard to keep Atlantis. Rest of the story from the Orlando Sentinel here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:23pm]


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