Space Center Houston launches contest to name shuttle replica


The Name the Shuttle contest kicked off at noon July 4, and the space center is asking participants to submit ideas for a name for the shuttle.

"What we're looking for is that Texas can-do spirit, that Texas entrepreneurship that we're all so proud of, and we'd like that to be embodied in the name of the shuttle," Space Center Houston President Richard Allen said.

The requirement is that contestants have to live in Texas. And the winner will get a trip to the center, a hotel stay, and best of all...

"Their name will be on that shuttle and they'll be recognized that they're the ones who named it for years to come, for as long as it's here," Allen said.

The shuttle will sit atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the $12 million six-story development, which is slated to open in 2015.

"It will be the only place in the world where guests can climb aboard the huge 747 SCA and the Shuttle replica and experience the 30-year Space Shuttle program in the most dynamic, hands-on environment imaginable," according to Space Center Houston.

To submit a name, visit The contest closes at noon September 2, and a winner is expected to be announced a couple weeks later.

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