After retirement, NASA’s space shuttle fleet will be on display at institutions across the country. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced the following allocations:
- Space Shuttle Enterprise will go to the Intrepid Sea & Air Museum, New York NY (moving from the Smithsonian’s Natl Air and Space Museum)
- Space Shuttle Discovery will go to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport, Virginia
- Space Shuttle Endeavour will be moved to the California Science Center, Los Angeles CA
- Space Shuttle Atlantis will be on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida
NASA also announced that hundreds of shuttle artifacts have been allocated to museums and education institutions.
On a personal note, Oregon’s own Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, one of the Oregon Space grant’s affiliate members, had been vying for a shuttle assignment. Although it did not receive a shuttle in the retirement plan, Evergreen was allocated some exciting shuttle program equipment, including a shuttle simulator and an orbital maneuvering system engine for the McMinnville, Oregon museum.
The Oregon Space Grant sends a big congratulations to all of the museums and science centers who will participate in the shuttle retirement program! It is hoped that expanded access to NASA artifacts in our communities will serve to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.