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Space Shuttle Endeavour has begun the last and possibly most important mission of its career, inspiring millions to reach for the stars.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - With a host of officials and guests including NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and choreographer Debbie Allen, Endeavour will be presented in its temporary display.
The shuttle will be on temporary display in a special hangar for the next five years or so. During that time, the public will get to see Endeavour on the ground and walk around, even underneath the behemoth craft.
The California Science Center plans to build a new air and space wing which will then showcase Endeavour standing upright, complete with an external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters. It will be the only shuttle on display in such a configuration.
The money to showcase the shuttle is coming from a $200 million fundraising campaign and is privately generated. Public funds are not being used for the display.
An estimated two million visitors are expected to come see the shuttle on an annual basis, and hopefully they will leave more inspired than ever to reach for the stars.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.