NASA to Award Space Shuttles TOMORROW!Posted: April 11, 2011
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 News.com 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!