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FLORIDIANS CAN NAME SPACEPORT'S SPACE SHUTTLE REPLICA; CONTEST STARTS MARCH 15

 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Floridians can put their creativity into orbit beginning March 15, 1993 when Coca-Cola; Spaceport USA, the visitor center at Kennedy Space Center; and Albertsons stores throughout Florida launch a "Name the Shuttle" statewide contest. A new, full-sized orbiter replica will be built at Spaceport USA late this year and christened with the name selected from contest entries, if an appropriate name is selected.
 According to Jim Lindsay, Key Accounts Manager, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company, "We're turning to the creative energies of Florida residents for a distinguished name that will capture the spirit of the Space Shuttle program. Entries can relate to the space program, the spirit of discovery and exploration, history or the subject of an individual's own choosing.
 Entry forms for the "Name the Shuttle Contest" will be available at participating Albertsons stores throughout Florida beginning March 15 and continuing through April 16, 1993. Youngsters and parents can pick up the entry forms at special in-store displays at participating Albertsons locations.
 Completed entries must be submitted to:
 Name The Shuttle Competition
 Spaceport USA
 Mail Code TWRS
 Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
 All entry forms must be received by midnight, April 26, 1993.
 The winning "Name the Shuttle Contest" entry will be chosen by a space-oriented selection committee.
 The winner -- and his or her family -- whose entry is selected will be the special guest of Spaceport USA at Kennedy Space Center. In addition to a special tour of the historic home of America's space program, the winning family will receive a four-day, three-night trip for up to four people to Florida's Space Coast including attendance at an actual Space Shuttle launch. The winning prize package also includes meals, a one-day fishing trip, and accommodations at the Howard Johnson Plaza-Hotel in Cocoa Beach.
 A "Countdown to Fun" sweepstakes will also select a random winner from all eligible entries received. The lucky sweepstakes winner and their family will receive a fabulous four-day cruise vacation aboard Premier Cruise Lines' Big Red Boat and a trip to Spaceport USA.
 Encouraging Floridians to enter the contest will be Spaceport USA's popular "Spaceman" character, suited in a replica of the space suit worn by NASA astronauts during their walk on the surface of the moon. The "Spaceman" will be visiting selected Albertsons stores throughout Florida between March 16 and April 15, 1993 and will be available for photos with shoppers who bring their cameras. Photographs of the "Spaceman" will also be handed out.
 The "Name the Shuttle Contest" is not open to employees or immediate family of Spaceport USA, the Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Albertsons or any of their advertising or public relations firms.
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 /CONTACT: George Meguiar, director of marketing of Spaceport USA, 407-452-2121, ext. 235; Jim Lindsay, key accounts manager of Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Company, 407-295-9290; or Frank Williams, director of marketing of Albertsons, 407-661-4500/


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