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The final countdown

In July Nasa’s space shuttle touched down for the last time. Bereft of their jobs and their mission, what will happen to the people of Florida’s Space Coast?

By Sam Knight   February 2011

End of an era: the shuttle takes off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, a regular sight that will happen at most three more times

You know you’re in Brevard County when you start seeing rockets. As soon as you reach the Atlantic edge of Interstate 4, the highway that sways across central Florida, depictions of spacecraft begin to adorn the stores, diners and payday loan places. These are the towns of Titusville, Rockledge and Port St John, communities that for the past 50 years have made sure America’s astronauts have reached the Beyond. Their livelihood is visible…

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