HOUSTON (AP) -- The space shuttle replica to be displayed at the visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center will be known as “Independence.”
The name announced Saturday is the winner from among 10,263 entries received by officials at Space Center Houston in a summer-long “Name the Shuttle” contest.
The replica will sit atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as part of a $12 million, six-story attraction under construction.
The replica was a consolation prize for Houston, which has deep ties to the nation’s space program as home of Mission Control but lost out in obtaining one of NASA’s four retired space shuttles.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tim Judd, of Kingwood, submitted the entry. He says independence is important to Texas and all Americans.
He’ll get his name on the exhibit and a free visit.