NASA's space shuttle fleet will be displayed at US museums to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers.
After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, new homes have been found for the four shuttle orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle Program.
Shuttle Enterprise, the first orbiter built, will be displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, while the Udvar-Hazy Center will become the new home for Shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March.
Shuttle Endeavour, which is preparing for its final flight at the end of the month will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and Shuttle Atlantis, which will fly the last planned shuttle mission in June, will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in Florida.
"These choices provide the greatest number of people with the best opportunity to share in the history and accomplishments of NASA's remarkable Space Shuttle Program," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.
"These facilities we've chosen have a noteworthy legacy of preserving space artifacts and providing outstanding access to US and international visitors."
NASA said that hundreds of shuttle artifacts have also been allocated to museums and education institutions across the country.