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Scott Rush, 54, of Crystal Beach, Texas, said he has been a fan of NASA since its earliest days and didn’t want to miss a chance to see Endeavour, even though he’s not happy it isn’t staying in Texas.

Houston wasn’t chosen as a shuttle retirement home. Instead, it got a full-sized replica.

“I think it’s a pretty rotten deal, basically,” Rush said. “The one we’re getting is a toy. An important toy, but a toy nonetheless.”