NASA Decides Homes for Retiring Space Shuttles
Three museums get Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2011 2:13 PM CDT
Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in 2009.   (AP Photo/Michael R. Brown, Florida Today)

(Newser) – NASA's space shuttle fleet has only two flights left, and the space agency announced today where the shuttles are going for retirement, reports CollectSpace:

  • Atlantis: It stays with NASA and will be parked at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
  • Discovery: It's going to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles airport.
  • Endeavour: It's going to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Twenty-one institutions bid for the shuttles, and the New York Times notes that Museum of Flight in Seattle had already begun construction of a wing to house one of them. Also left out is NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas. “This oversight smacks of a political gesture in an agency that has always served above politics," says local Rep. Pete Olson.