Wednesday, April 13, 2011
In other news, it was the 30-year anniversary of the American Space Shuttle orbiters yesterday!
After a two and a half years of idea solicitations, of not-always-friendly political wrangling, public petitioning, construction plans, and media hype, fully 10 museums were serious contenders for housing orbiters after the last launches this year.
Polls on CNN and SpaceTimeNews recently ran public opinion polls with surprising results, but of course, the decision would come down to ability and funding. Can you house an orbiter and care for it properly in a climate controlled environment while also herding crowds of people past it daily?
So here it is, space fans -- NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the Shuttles' new homes:
From Smithsonian to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York
Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum - Udvar-Hazy Center, Virginia
California Science Center, Los Angeles, California
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida
Shuttle simulators will be allocated to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum of McMinnville, Oregon, and the Aerospace Engineering Department of Texas A&M University.
The Full Fuselage Trainer currently at Johnson Space Center will travel the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The nose cap assembly and crew compartment trainer will go to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and two Orbital Maneuvering system engines will eventually reside at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center of Huntsville, Alabama and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.
Posted by PillowNaut at 9:00 AM