Space shuttles going to Fla., Calif., suburban DC

A photo provided by NASA shows the space shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39a of the NASA Kennedy Space Center shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, Cape Canaveral, Fla.. Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 2:28p.m. EST, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) (Space Shuttle Atlantis)

April 12, 2011 10:54:33 AM PDT
NASA is giving its retiring space shuttles to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington.

Twenty-one museums and visitor centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships.

The retiring shuttles are going to the Smithsonian Institution for its branch in northern Virginia, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

New York City will get the prototype Enterprise, which was used for test flights in the 1970s and is currently at the Smithsonian Institution.

The announcement Tuesday comes on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space.

The shuttle program is winding down with only two more flights left.

Online: NASA

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