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Space shuttle pink slip in hand, LA planning 'mother of all parades' for Endeavour
[i]Space shuttle Endeavour's transfer from NASA to the California Science Center for its public display was signed and sealed Tuesday (Oct. 11). Now all that remains for the retired orbiter is for it to be delivered — a feat local leaders promise will be as large a spectacle as it is a challenge.
"This is going to be a big, big event and a big, big object, and it is going to be a lot of work to get it but we couldn't be prouder," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at the title transfer ceremony held at the science center.
Using, appropriately enough, pressurized space pens to sign oversized title certificates, NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator Richard Keegan and the California Science Center's (CSC) President Jeffrey Rudolph signed over and accepted the orbiter.
"The transfer of Endeavour, now done, from NASA to the California Science Center doesn't commemorate the end of Endeavour's work but the start of its next mission," Rudolph said. "We're committed to be excellent stewards for Endeavour and making sure it is successful on its new mission of advancing science learning and encouraging a passion for exploration as it was on its missions."[/i]
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