- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA is giving its retiring space shuttles to museums at Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington.

Twenty-one museums and visitor centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships.

The retiring shuttles are going to Northern Virginia’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

New York will get the prototype Enterprise, which was used for test flights in the 1970s.

The announcement Tuesday comes on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man’s first journey into space.

The shuttle program is winding down with only two more flights left.