NASA announces museums on shuttle's 30th birthday Washington, (AFP) Thirty years after the first space flight of the iconic US shuttle programme, NASA announced today where the retiring orbiters would take their final resting places as museum pieces.
Three will go to spots on the east coast and one will end up in California, NASA declared on the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, first achieved by Russia's Yuri Gagarin.
Discovery, the oldest space shuttle of the fleet, will land at the Steven F Udvar Hazy Center, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space museum in Virginia, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.
Atlantis, set to be the final shuttle to fly in June before the US space programme closes this chapter, will make its permanent home at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, host of repeated shuttle launches in the past three decades.
Endeavour will roost at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.