Planetarium makes final push for space shuttle

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Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is upping its efforts to land one of the retiring space shuttles.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is upping its efforts to land one of the retiring space shuttles.

Adler officials have unveiled plans for a lakefront glass pavilion that would house the vehicle if the museum obtains one of the space shuttles that are being retired from service. The museum is one of 21 museums seeking to obtain one of two orbiters up for grabs, Endeavor and Atlantis.

Bidders for the shuttles must commit to raising $30 million to pay for shipping and assembly of the shuttles and for a protected exhibit area.

NASA is scheduled to announce the shuttles’ destination on April 12, the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle space flight.

Adler President Paul Knappenberger says Chicago would be the best place in the Midwest for a shuttle.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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