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Endeavour Reaches Its New L.A. Home

After glitches and delays, Endeavour finally reaches its new home “It was built for orbital speeds approaching five miles per second, but space shuttle Endeavour took its own sweet time Sunday as it wheeled triumphantly onto the grounds of its new home, the California Science Center. “Mission 26 — mission accomplished,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced, amid the cheers of thousands of spectators. Before it was retired by NASA, […]

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  • October 15, 2012
Space Shuttle Discovery Is Now An Exhibit

NASA Transfers Shuttle Discovery to National Air and Space Museum “National Air and Space Museum Director, General John “Jack” Dailey said, “Discovery has distinguished itself as the champion of America’s shuttle fleet. In its new home, it will shine as an American icon, educating and inspiring people of all ages for generations to come. The Museum is committed to teaching and inspiring youngsters, so that they will climb the ladder […]

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  • April 19, 2012
New York's Deceptive Shuttle Bid

Museum Seeks State Money for Space Shuttle’s Home, NY Times “Officials of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan have taken their pitch for government support of the proposed museum out from behind closed doors. … But now they hope to build a 75,000-square-foot building across the West Side Highway that would include laboratories for teaching science to children as well as retail space and a rooftop cafe, […]

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  • November 8, 2011
Dayton Uses New White House Online Petition Process To Get A Shuttle

Dayton City Paper Donates Full Page Ad to Space Shuttle Enterprise Petition Effort “The quest to land retired Space Shuttle Enterprise at the National Museum of the United States Air Force received a major boost when Paul Noah, the publisher of the Dayton City Paper, donated a full page ad supporting the White House petition effort in the Oct. 18th LWV voters guide issue. The petition launched two weeks ago, […]

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  • October 24, 2011
Houston Takes Another Shot at New York Over Shuttle Exhibit

Houston delegation wants a new shot at shuttle, Houston Chronicle “The museum does not own the land where it hopes to display the Enterprise, a parking lot across the busy West Side Highway owned by the New York State Department of Transportation. Nor does the museum have the zoning change that would be needed to build and operate a museum on land reserved for industrial manufacturing. “It’s obvious New York […]

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  • September 29, 2011
Houston Still Simmers over Shuttle Snub

A closer look at Houston’s shuttle snub, KTRK “He awarded the shuttles using a point system that gave no points for connection to space despite its inclusion in the law. But gave 20 percent of all points to international access — meaning how many international tourists could see the shuttle. That’s nowhere in the law. “He essentially said, ‘I care more about foreign tourists than I do about the community […]

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  • September 6, 2011
NASA OIG Review of NASA's Selection of Display Locations for the Space Shuttle Orbiters

NASA OIG Review of NASA’s Selection of Display Locations for the Space Shuttle Orbiters “The Administrator’s decision, while greeted with excitement at the chosen locations, was not well received in some quarters, particularly by members of Congress and others who supported Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (Air Force Museum) in Dayton, Ohio. Members of these groups raised concerns that in […]

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  • August 25, 2011
Shuttles and Museums: Thinking Outside The Box

Making Do With a Plywood Spaceship, New York Times “Q. What was your response when NASA announced its decision? A. A shuttle would have been our first choice. I won’t pretend we’re not disappointed, but we’re moving forward. Q. What are the plans for the Space Gallery? A. We will have a full-size mockup of the space shuttle — a full fuselage shuttle trainer. It looks exactly like the shuttle […]

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  • April 27, 2011
The President: Shuttles and Politics

Obama to reporter: ‘Let me finish my answers’ next time, The Oval (with video) “Obama also bristled at claims that is administration skipped Houston in the award of space shuttle orbiters and favored states that could help his re-election. “That’s wrong,” the president stated. “That had nothing to do with it; the White House had nothing to do with it.” When Watson persisted, Obama said, “I just said that was […]

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  • April 19, 2011
Texas Politicians Escalate Fight With New York and NASA

Letter from Texas House Delegation to NASA Administrator Bolden About Shuttle Decision “It is our hope that politics did not play a role in this historic decision. If there is no rational explanation based on definable factors for the choice of the Intrepid museum in New York City, and that the transfer of the Enterprise to that location will cost significantly more than a transfer to the Johnson Space Center […]

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  • April 17, 2011