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[i]When Discovery and its crew touch down at Kennedy Space Center today, only 13 more shuttle missions remain before the fleet will be retired.
America's museums can hardly wait.
At least five institutions and NASA centers have been lobbying furiously over recent months for a chance to put Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour on display when NASA pulls the program's plug in 2010.
While no final decision is expected for months, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin recently told some congressional staff in Washington that he was considering leaving the shuttles and more than 1 million associated artifacts to the Smithsonian and letting officials there decide how to distribute them.[/i]
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