'Space junkies' ponder end of space shuttle program
Lloyd Behrendt, left, and John Johnson are members of the close-knit family of shuttle fans who regularly attend launches.
May 18th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

'Space junkies' ponder end of space shuttle program

Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN) - On the morning of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, Lloyd Behrendt paced the floor of NASA's news center at the Kennedy Space Center, rubbing elbows with reporters while keeping an eye on the countdown clock.

Behrendt wore a baseball hat adorned with pins from previous shuttle missions. His media credential dangled from his neck. A camera strap was slung over one shoulder.

But he doesn't take photographs for a major publication, nor does he report for a television station, newspaper or radio network. Behrendt is a member of a close-knit group of people that some call space junkies.

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