NASA to Award Space Shuttles TOMORROW!

From the Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum

Tomorrow, on the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight, three lucky museums will be given the exhibit of a lifetime: a retired NASA space shuttle. Twenty one museums are currently vying for the Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavor but only three will win.

I’m sure that someone out there has a pool going on this. Projected favorites are NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; the visitor center at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio; the Museum of Flight in Seattle; and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

But who will win!? Fox outlined a few of the eligibility requirements:

The institutions have to be in the United States or one of its possessions, for example, and must be able to house a shuttle in a climate-controlled indoor display or storage space. [How to display a retired space shuttle]

The museums also must be ready to accommodate a shuttle delivery — on the back of a Boeing 747 jet — by December 2011. And, last but certainly not least, they must be willing to foot the estimated $28.8 million bill for shuttle preparation and transport.

So stay tuned tomorrow for the exciting space-shuttle-distribution conclusion!


2 Comments on “NASA to Award Space Shuttles TOMORROW!”

  1. Shahid Raki says:

    The space shuttle awardins were announced and Florida will get 3 of the shuttles. This is strange to me. Aren’t all of the space shuttles the same? I could fully understand why Florida would get one, but not three. That’s being plain selfish. I would think that there should be a protest made by some of the places that had a lot to do with aviation, space travel, and its support. What more could be done with 3 shuttles than can be done with 1, except allow more people to look at the different things that may have occured to each one during its space flight, usage there, and return to the planet? Somethings very strange to me here. What say yee?

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