Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Competing for a Piece of History

I mentioned the impending decommission of the NASA Space Shuttle fleet in an earlier post, but never really thought about what would happen with the Atlantis, Discovery, and the Endeavour. Apparently NASA is holding a competition to see what site will house two of the retired shuttles (the Discovery was already promised to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC, a logical final resting place).

Where should the two remaining shuttles go? The most historically logical (Kennedy Space Center)? The site with the probably the highest chance of heavy traffic (the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York Harbor)? The one with the best campaign?

My vote goes with the Kennedy Space Center and the Intrepid. Johnson Space Center in Houston is a close third. Why send such an important part of our nation's aerospace history to a location in Tulsa, OK or Dayton, OH that won't get the exposure of these other sites?

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