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[i]NASA selected the Smithsonian to receive Discovery.
NASA began after-mission processing and "safing" preparation activities on Discovery in March 2011 after the vehicle returned from its final mission. NASA plans to complete the processing activities required for display by January 2012 and store Discovery in the Vehicle Assembly Building or Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center until April 2012, when it will be ferried on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to Dulles International Airport and transported to the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center for display.
Discovery will replace Enterprise, which will then be moved to the Intrepid.
The Smithsonian's logistics plan was submitted to NASA in June 2011, and its exhibit plan is due in August. Title transfer is planned for February 2012, but because NASA is funding all of Discovery's display preparation and ferrying costs, a finance plan was not required.[/i]
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