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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Factoids: Fate of the Shuttles

In April 2011, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made decisions concerning the fate of our retired shuttle fleet. Here's the plan for our historic orbiters:
  • Discovery will go to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia
  • The final landing spot for Atlantis will be Florida’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Endeavor is off to the California Science Center in Los Angeles
In addition, Enterprise, the test shuttle that never actually flew in space, was awarded to New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. However, plans to display the shuttle in a parking lot near a strip club have raised concerns about the fate of the shuttle (that arguable carries the most recognized name in SF). Read more here.


  1. You'd think with the iconic name (not that ALL the shuttles aren't iconic) that the Enterprise might go somewhere slightly more secure. :(

  2. Oh, I agree, Pippa. It sounds downright...disrespectful. I mean, c'mon, it's the Enterprise! :)

  3. We're still fighting to get something here in Houston, possibly the non-flying Enterprise. We're still trying to understand what weird political decision kept the Space Center, for heaven's sake, from getting a shuttle!


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