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What Would a Space Shuttle Museum Look Like?

When the final space shuttle lifts off this summer, the fleet won't disappear forever. Instead, they'll be retired to select museums around the country, which have released these concepts showing their plans. For tons of other concepts, see the full gallery at CollectSPACE.com.

Intrepid Shuttle exhibit

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum -- New York City

The museum on an aircraft carrier would display the orbiter inside an enclosed hangar on Hudson River Park's Pier 86, near where the carrier is more or less permanently berthed.

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Kennedy Concept Shuttle

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex -- Florida

KSCVC plans a $100 million exhibit that would display the orbiter "in flight, showing how the spacecraft worked in space and providing a unique vantage point for guests."

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Air Force Museum Gallery

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force -- Riverside, OH

A "Space Gallery" display at the Air Force museum would also include Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft.

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Enterprise on Display

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center -- Chantilly, Virginia 

Space shuttle Enterprise, on display at this Smithsonian museum since 2003, would be replaced by Discovery, according to National Air and Space Museum curators.

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Adler Planetarium shuttle

Adler Planetarium -- Chicago, Illinois

A state-of-the-art glass pavilion and learning center would suspend a shuttle against the backdrop of Lake Michigan to one side and the Chicago skyline to the other. For tons of other concepts, see the full gallery at CollectSPACE.com.

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What Would a Space Shuttle Museum Look Like?

When the final space shuttle lifts off this summer, the fleet won't disappear forever. Instead, they'll be retired to select museums around the country, which have released these concepts showing their plans. For tons of other concepts, see the full gallery at CollectSPACE.com.

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