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Contest to name Shuttle replica starts July 4

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    This is an artist's rendering from the Space Center Houston website. It shows the new six-story complex with the 747 Carrier and a full-scale Space Shuttle model.

    Texas was passed over for a real shuttle, but will soon have a replica at Space Center Houston sitting atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

    Beginning on July 4, Space Center Houston will begin accepting suggestions on a name for the Space Shuttle replica that will sit atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier aircraft.

    The exhibit is part of a new $12 million, six-story attraction under development in Houston.

    Space Center Houston wants a name that symbolizes "the spirit of Texas and its unique characteristics of independence, optimism and can-do attitude."

    The retired Space Shuttles that actually flew , Endeavor, Atlantis, Discovery and Enterprise, were sent to Los Angeles, Cape Canaveral, Washington D.C. and New York City, respectively.

    The model that will be on display in Houston was previously on display at the Kennedy Space Center as Space Shuttle Explorer.

    The contest closes on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013.

    Click here to "name the shuttle." (WARNING: Until July 4, you will see a countdown clock on the homepage.)