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With Shuttles Gone, Private Ventures Give Florida's Space Coast A Lift

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The last remaining space shuttle external propellant tank is moved across the 405 freeway in Los Angeles on Saturday. The ET-94 will be displayed with the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt

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A giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. NASA, ESA, STScI/AURA hide caption

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A stump remains in the median of Manchester Boulevard as workers remove trees to clear a path for the space shuttle Endeavour in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday. Residents are upset that 400 trees might be cut down to allow the shuttle to travel from the airport to its new home at a science center. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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The Inspiration Gap And The Shuttle's Last Launch

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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