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HOUSTON -- A modified jumbo jet that transported shuttles piggyback to Florida following flights has arrived at its new home in Houston after an 8-mile highway trek.

What was known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, reached Space Center Houston early Wednesday after a slow-moving trip from Ellington Field.

Some giant flatbed trailers on Monday began hauling the biggest disassembled pieces of the old 747 jumbo jet that flew shuttles on cross-country trips. The entourage arrived at Space Center Houston late Tuesday night.

The jet will be put together and topped with a shuttle replica about 60 feet off the ground as a museum piece. The site is expected to open next year just outside NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Mission Control in Houston served as the center for the nation's manned space flights.

Click here for a photo slideshow of the carrier during the move.

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