Retired Space Shuttles
April 12, 2011 by USA Post
Retired Space Shuttles, Dayton National Museum of the U.S. Air Force not get one of the four spacecraft that left the National Aeronautics and Space being transferred to the museums around the country, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced today.
In a speech at the Kennedy Space Center to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch, Bolden announced that Kennedy Space Center, there would be a launch soon to be retired, Atlantis.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, DC, will receive Discovery and California Science Center in Los Angeles will receive Endeavour.
He said the company’s prototype space shuttle – which has been on display at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center outside Washington, DC, would be moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.
“Take good care of our vehicles,” said Bolden, a former astronaut who flew on the Columbia, Discovery and Atlantis, his voice cracking with emotion. “They have served the nation well and NASA have a deep and lasting love story with which it is difficult to put into words.”
Bolden said that “many institutions, many worthy” sought an orbiter.
“Many of the applicant institutions that did not receive an orbiter receive major transport hardware and devices to help give life to this dynamic chapter in the history of our nation’s space exploration for many visitors,” he said.
Twenty-nine facilities around the country applied for the orbiters are retired, and their arrangement was the subject of intense lobbying for over a year. The Dayton museum argued that the transfer must be obtained due to the key role of the Air Force in the space shuttle program.
Supporters of Dayton plans to bid on a space shuttle points to an extra 1 million annual visitors to the museum, creating jobs and add to million to the state’s economy. About .3 million people already visit the free museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a year.
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, put a plug in the last minute of Ohio with Bolden on Monday afternoon in a hearing on NASA’s budget before the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“You know, of course, Dayton, Ohio, within a day of percent of the U.S. population and that the Wright brothers and Neil Armstrong and John Glenn all called to his home in Ohio,” Brown said Bolden.
Bolden said his decision was made on how well each system met the 10 criteria established by NASA to decide who would get an orbiter, including the quality and availability of facilities that display the levels of assistance, regional population, and financial aspects of orbiter transfer.
NASA Assistant Administrator Olga Dominguez, who examined facilities Bolden, said the sites were chosen, based on the best value to the American public, including education and outreach, as well as national and international access. ” She said the four winners had “the largest population of the region and visitors.”
“I wish we had enough to send orbiters to each recipient who applied and was qualified,” he said.
Brown reacted angrily to the final decision, requesting a Government Accountability Office investigation of the site selection process.
“NASA ignored congressional intent and the interests of taxpayers,” Brown said in a press release. “NASA is directed to consider regional diversity when determining locations of the shuttle. Unfortunately, it appears that regional diversity amounts to that found on the coast or out to use in the I-95. Even more insulting to the taxpayers is that they paid to build the shuttles, which now will be charged to look at some sites. ”
Beavercreek Republican Steve Austria, who also pressed Bolden on behalf of the Air Force Museum, said that NASA sent to various parts of the Space Shuttle to Dayton including a crew compartment trainer, an assembly of the nose cap, propeller primary Skylab model in /96th scale, and two transport wheels.
“I’m sure we did everything possible to put our best foot forward and state our case for the preservation of a ferry,” Austria said in a press release. “There are still plenty of great opportunities for growth in WPAFB, and I look forward to working with the community and the Ohio delegation to further promote the birthplace of aviation and the role it played in the history of air and space flight. “
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