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Space shuttle model takes to the sea for voyage to Houston

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The space shuttle mockup leaving NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida for its new home at Space Center Houston on May 24, 2012.

Click2Houston.com reports — A 130,000-pound full-scale model of the space shuttle is headed for Houston.

The more than 1,000-mile trip began at sea, where it is being towed by a 54-feet wide, 180-feet long barge from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Johnson Space Center.

Two ocean-going tugs with a whopping 850 horsepower each will push the barge around the tip of Florida and across the Gulf of Mexico.

The trip, which began Thursday, is expected to take seven to 10 days. Read more.

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