Cities Vying to Receive Retired Space Shuttles

As soon as it was officially announced that the shuttle program was winding down, a race began to find new homes for the retiring shuttles.  And what a race its been with more than two dozen cities expressing interest and twenty-one submitting proposals to become one of the final resting places for the last three space shuttles (Atlantis, Endeavor and Enterprise ), including Kennedy Space Center located right here on Florida’s Space Coast.

After 39 successfully -picompleted missions, space shuttle Discovery is being dismantled piece-by-piece for its final trip to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Photo Courtesy NASA
In hopes of being named, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,  has submitted plans for an interactive exhibit featuring ten themed areas that will highlight the human spaceflight program both past and present. The centerpiece of the new design is the $100 million exhibit that can accommodate a flown space shuttle orbiter. 

NASA will finally announce the future homes for the shuttles on April 12, also the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch.

Who do you think should get the shuttle? Take Space Times News’ poll with ten of the top favorite cities listed.


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