Shuttle replica

An artist’s rendition of the shuttle replica on top of a shuttle carrier aircraft at Space Center Houston.

HOUSTON — At around 8 a.m. today the shuttle replica Independence will lift off and onto its permanent home with the help of a crane.

The shuttle replica at Space Center Houston is being hoisted on top of a historic shuttle carrier aircraft and will be part of a permanent exhibit. The public can attend the lifting and setting of the Independence today.

The ceremony begins at about 7: 15 a.m. at Space Center Houston, 1601 Nasa Pkwy in Houston.

The Independence was formerly the shuttle replica, named Explorer, used by NASA astronauts to train for shuttle missions. It was moved to Space Center Houston in 2012.

The shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle exhibit will open in 2015, according to Space Center Houston.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or

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