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First full-size space shuttle mockup on display in Downey

The first full-size space shuttle mockup is shown in this undated file photo.

July 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The first full-size space shuttle mockup is now on display in Downey.

The mockup was moved in two pieces from a warehouse, where it had been in storage for decades, to the Downey Studios parking lot.

It will be housed under a temporary tent for public viewing. The mockup was used for two decades for engineering fittings and testing.

The city hopes to build a permanent home for it next to the Columbia Memorial Space Center, which is dedicated to teaching children about science and space exploration.

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