It's not every day you get the chance to name a symbol of America's recent history. The space shuttle replica now on display at Space Center Houston needs a name, and the official visitors center of NASA's Johnson Space Center wants the public's help.

The replica is a life-sized version of the space shuttles that flew over the 30-year NASA program. The piece will sit atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as part of a new $12 million, six-story attraction being developed at Space Center. The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2015, providing a one-of-a-kind experience that will allow visitors to climb aboard the 747 and the shuttle replica and experience the program in a highly hands-on environment.

The naming contest kicks off on July 4 and will run through Monday September 2. The contest is open to Texas residents only and the winner will be announced in mid-September.