First full-size space shuttle mockup on display in Downey

DOWNEY, Calif.

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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