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Houston is so pissed right now. Why? Because they were passed over in NASA’s decision on where to retire the four remaining space shuttles. Instead, four other US cities will welcome different crafts for permanent exhibits, reaping in the tourist dollars that follow anything space travel-related. Let’s see who got what, shall we?
· Cape Canaveral, FL: The original home of the shuttles is Kennedy Space Center, so of course they get to keep one. The Space Shuttle Atlantis, which originally launched in 1985 and finished 35 flights, will settle in for posterity at the Visitor Center. Atlantis will fly again before powering down, with a final launch scheduled for June 28.
· Washington DC: The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will receive the Space Shuttle Discovery, which originally rolled out in 1983. This shuttle has flown the most, completing 38 flights for a total of 136.7 million miles.
· Los Angeles, CA: The Space Shuttle Endeavor will hit the west coast, making the California Science Center its new home. The Endeavor is the newest shuttle, launched in 1991. It will make its final flight later this month, on April 29, if all goes according to plan.
All eyes on you now, Virgin Galactic!
[Space Shuttle image: lsdimension; Photoshop work: Jaunted]
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