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August 31, 2011

Flight museum Space Gallery is set to open next spring

Photo by Nathan Messmer of SRG Partnership [enlarge]

The Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight will open in the spring of 2012.

The complex will eventually house a fuselage trainer, which is a full-scale training mock-up that looks like the space shuttle without wings.

SRG Partnership designed the Space Gallery. Sellen was the general contractor, and Seneca Group was development manager. The project cost $12 million.

The museum near Boeing Field was one of 21 museum and science centers around the country trying to land one of the retiring space shuttles.

The Space Gallery was designed to house one of the shuttles, but the museum got the training mock-up instead.

In April, NASA said the shuttles are going to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.