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FULL ASSEMBLY MUST VOTE STATE PANEL WANTS RETIRED ATLANTIS AT PLANT 42.



Byline: JIM Jim

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 SKEEN Staff Writer

PALMDALE -- State legislation aimed at returning the space shuttle space shuttle, reusable U.S. space vehicle. Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it consists of a winged orbiter, two solid-rocket boosters, and an external tank.  Atlantis to its Palmdale birthplace after it retires passed an Assembly committee vote Tuesday and now heads to a floor vote.

Assembly Joint Resolution 52, authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, asks the president, Congress and NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA
 in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Independent U.S.
 to send Atlantis to Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale for display upon its planned retirement in 2008. The bill was approved on a unanimous vote by the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.

The bill now heads to a vote of the full Assembly, which will likely be held next week.

``I think everyone understands that Atlantis' proper place for retirement should be its birthplace -- Palmdale, California,'' Runner said.

Air Force Plant 42 was the site of the assembly of the entire space shuttle fleet. Atlantis was built at what was then a North American North American

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 Rockwell facility at the plant between 1980 and 1985.

Atlantis first went into space in October 1985, flying an undisclosed Defense Department mission. The orbiter has since flown 20 more missions, including launching the Magellan probe to Venus and the Galileo probe to Jupiter.

NASA plans to retire Atlantis after a mission tentatively scheduled for spring 2008.

The agency plans to replace the space shuttle fleet with a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle
See also: Orion (spacecraft)


The Crew Exploration Vehicle (or CEV) was the conceptual component of the Vision for Space Exploration that later became known as the Orion spacecraft.
. NASA plans to select a contractor to develop the new spacecraft later this year. The only space shuttle in a museum is the first one, Enterprise, which never went into space but was used for flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway.  in the late 1970s. Enterprise is on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution is a museum in Washington, D.C., United States, and is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. It maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world.  annex at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

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(color in AV edition only -- ran in AV and SAC editions) The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base after a mission in February 2001. An Assembly resolution asks that the craft be returned to California when it's retired in 2008.

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