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[i]NASA selected the Science Center to receive Endeavour.
NASA began after-mission processing and "safing" preparation activities on Endeavour in June 2011 after the Orbiter returned from its final mission. NASA plans to complete the processing activities required for display by May 2012, and store Endeavour in Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building until June 2012, when the Orbiter will be ferried from Kennedy to Los Angeles International Airport on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
The Science Center may use a refurbished "overland transporter" to move Endeavour by road about 15 miles to a temporary display facility adjacent to the Science Center. Endeavour will be displayed at the temporary facility until the permanent facility is completed in 2016.
In the permanent facility, the Science Center plans to display Endeavour in a vertical position as if on a launch pad. However, Endeavour will be displayed in the temporary facility in a horizontal position.
The Science Center submitted its logistics plan to NASA in May 2011, including details on how it plans to transport the Orbiter from the airport to its temporary display facility. The exhibit and finance plans are due in August 2011. NASA completed a formal site visit in August 2011. Title transfer will occur and initial funding will be due in October 2011. Display preparation is scheduled to begin in January 2012.[/i]
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