(credit: NASA)

(credit: NASA)

HOUSTON (AP) – Texans are being given the chance to name the full-sized space shuttle replica that will be displayed at Johnson Space Center’s official visitor center in Houston.

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The visitor center, Space Center Houston, is running its “Name the Shuttle” contest through Labor Day.

State residents can enter the contest by visiting nametheshuttle.com and submitting an original name. A panel of judges will select one winner, who will be announced in mid-September.

The shuttle replica, which will sit atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, will be part of a $12 million, six-story attraction at Space Center Houston.

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Houston, which has deep ties to the nation’s space program and is home to Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, unsuccessfully tried to land one of NASA’s four retired space shuttles.

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