Space Center Houston CEO Richard Allen pulls back a cover to reveal the Space Shuttle replica Independence’s new detailing Friday in Houston. 

WEBSTER — The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston officially got its new name on Friday. 

Richard Allen, CEO of Space Center Houston, was joined by astronaut Clay Anderson for an unveiling of the replica’s new detailing that included the NASA logo and the Independence name.

The unveiling was part of the build up to next month’s rising of the Independence as it is lifted and placed atop a retired Space Shuttle Carrier 747 airplane. The $12 million exhibit, the first of its kind, is set to open to the public next year.  

Space Center Houston officials said they are about $2 million shy of raising the money needed for the refurbishment and installation of the display.

The shuttle carrier arrived at Space Center Houston in February and has been reassembled piece-by-piece. 

Once open for visitors, the shuttle and carrier aircraft will allow people to go inside and offer interactive exhibits. The lift of the shuttle replica is scheduled for Aug. 14.


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