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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.

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