Houston, we have a problemPosted: April 14, 2011
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced the facilities where four shuttle orbiters will be displayed permanently at the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.
- Shuttle Enterprise, the first orbiter built, will move from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.
- The Udvar-Hazy Center will become the new home for shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March.
- Shuttle Endeavour, which is preparing for its final flight at the end of the month will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
- Shuttle Atlantis, which will fly the last planned shuttle mission in June, will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in Florida.
Houston’s supposed to be content with the flight deck pilot and commander seats they’re getting. Let’s just say they’re not.
Texas leaders accused NASA on Tuesday of allowing politics to dictate which sites across the country received retiring space shuttles, and some clamored for a congressional investigation into how decision-makers could have passed over Houston’s Johnson Space Center and its “Mission Control.”