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Houston's shuttle replica christened 'Independence'
[i]Houston's space shuttle mockup is no longer nameless.
The full-size replica is now space shuttle "Independence," its new name symbolizing the spirit of Texas.
Officials with Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, revealed the name — the winning entry from its recent "Name the Shuttle" statewide contest — during a public christening ceremony Saturday (Oct. 5).
"We received a total of 10,263 [contest] entries from all across Texas, and our elite panel of judges sorted through a widespread collection of possibilities," Richard Allen, the president of Space Center Houston, said. "It was a tough decision, but we ultimately chose a name that celebrates the Lone Star State and highlights its distinct contribution to America's space shuttle program."[/i]
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