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Space shuttle replica floats into Houston's Clear Lake

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Kayakers and paddle boarders watch as the Space Shuttle replica "Explorer" moves under a highway bridge into Clear Lake toward the dock at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday.

Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle via AP

A full-size replica of the space shuttle passes the Kemah Boardwalk on Friday.

Space shuttle replica Explorer had to leave Kennedy Space Center in Florida to make way for the recently decommissioned space shuttle orbiter Atlantis. According to the full story, the 130,000-pound replica will be displayed at the Johnson Space Center:

Once the space shuttle mockup is in place outside Space Center Houston, the visitor center will open its parking lot for a free, family-friendly display of space-related exhibits and activities. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the space shuttle mockup at its new home. 

The replica will eventually become the star attraction of an educational exhibition themed around the retired space shuttle program. Designed for outdoor display, the mockup is fully detailed inside and out. Once an access ramp is erected later this year, Space Center Houston visitors will be able to walk through the orbiter to look inside the crew compartment and payload bay.

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Crowds line the Kemah Boardwalk to watch as a full-size replica of the space shuttle passes on Friday.

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