CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight as well as the 30th anniversary of NASA's first shuttle launch. The Space Shuttle Columbia first blasted into space on April 12, 1981.
As the space shuttle program counts down to retirement, NASA is announcing where some of its retired spacecraft will go. Twenty-one museums and centers around the country were in the running.
On Tuesday, NASA officials said the shuttle orbiter Atlantis will be displayed in retirement at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery, as expected, is heading to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum annex in Dulles, Va. The prototype orbiter Enterprise will move from the Smithsonian to the Inteprid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. And in a surprise, Endeavour will roost in retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The are only two more shuttle launches left, both from Kennedy Space Center. Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on April 29. Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch on June 28.