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Space shuttles find retirement homes in Florida

Nasa announced Tuesday that the space shuttle Enterprise will go to New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for display in a glass enclosure on a Manhattan pier.

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Space shuttles to go on display in Florida

Cape Canaveral, Fla. - The three retiring U.S. space shuttles will go on display at museums in Florida, California and Virginia, the NASA space agency said this week.

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"Take good care of our vehicles. They have served the nation well," NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said.

The shuttle Atlantis, which is being prepared for the 30-year-old shuttle program's 135th and final flight this summer, will stay in Florida, roosting at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

Endeavour, which is now at the launch pad for its final liftoff on April 29, is promised to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

And Discovery, which completed its final mission last month, will go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia.

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Air traffic controllers added to night shifts

New York - Twenty-seven airport towers will be staffed with a second employee on the overnight shift as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration struggles to deal with a recurring problem of controllers sleeping on the job.

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The staffing move, which will begin immediately, comes after a lone controller at Reno-Tahoe International Airport failed to respond to a pilot trying to land early Wednesday. The controller did not respond to radio calls for 16 minutes, and another control facility handled the arrival. The employee has been suspended while the incident is under investigation, the FAA said.

"We absolutely cannot and will not tolerate sleeping on the job," J. Randolph Babbitt, the agency's administrator, said in a statement.

It was the fifth time in the last three weeks in which controllers were found to be sleeping at work. The decision to add a second person on the late shift means that no airport with a tower that operates overnight will be tended by a single controller.

But more may have to be done to resolve the larger problem of fatigue - which has been a factor in several aviation safety events, said Laura Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the FAA. "This is not the final word," she said.

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