It was over a year ago that we predicted the destinations of the four surviving Spaces Shuttles, sure to become big roadside attractions and objects of bafflement in the space travel-starved years to come.
The California Science Center was the surprise winner. Known until now (at least to us) only for having a 50-Foot-Tall Woman With Visible Organs, we frankly can’t figure out how NASA expects to get a Shuttle inside a museum in the heart of Los Angeles.
Big losers include the Midwest, which got no Shuttles at all, and the Seattle Museum of Flight, which had confidently already begun building a $12 million gallery to display a Shuttle. NASA has perhaps tried to soften the blow by reportedly giving SMF the full-size Shuttle trainer that’s currently at the Johnson Space Center — which is the biggest loser of all. Not only didn’t JSC get the Shuttle it craved, it’s also losing the dummy Shuttle that it already had.
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