April 12, 2011
NASA Announces Final Resting Place Of Space Shuttles
NASA announced during an event on Tuesday where the new homes of the space shuttles would be after 30 years of spaceflight.
"We want to thank all of the locations that expressed an interest in one of these national treasures," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "This was a very difficult decision, but one that was made with the American public in mind.
Bolden announced that Shuttle Enterprise, which was the first orbiter built, will be moved from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum center to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.
Space shuttle Discovery will be moved into the National Air and Space Museum in place of Enterprise.
NASA said that Endeavour, which is preparing for its final flight at the end of April, will be retiring at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Lastly, space shuttle Atlantis will fly its last mission in June and will find its final resting place to be at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in Florida.
"In the end, these choices provide the greatest number of people with the best opportunity to share in the history and accomplishments of NASA's remarkable Space Shuttle Program," Bolden said on Tuesday.
"These facilities we've chosen have a noteworthy legacy of preserving space artifacts and providing outstanding access to U.S. and international visitors."
NASA will disperse many shuttle artifacts to other museums and education institutions throughout the U.S.
Image Caption: Enterprise as it banks on its second Approach and Landing Test, September 13, 1977. Enterprise's new home will be the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Credit: NASA
On the Net:
- NASA Space Shuttle Program
- Learn more information about other shuttle program artifacts that are available to museums and libraries (pdf)