Houston's space shuttle replica given new name

10,000 entries made in state wide naming contest

Headline Goes Here

HOUSTON - The now-retired shuttle replica at the Johnson Space Center has a new name.

A ceremony was held Saturday as the winner of the shuttle naming contest unveiled the freshly-painted moniker, Independence.

Timothy Judd's suggestion was chosen from more than 10,000 entries in the state-wide naming contest.

As part of the grand prize, Judd was given a VIP tour along with a behind the scenes experience at the Space Center.

The state of the art space shuttle attraction is set to open up in 2015.

Copyright 2013 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.