NASA Announces Homes For Shuttles
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced where the four shuttle orbiters will be permanently displayed at the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.
Shuttle Enterprise, the first orbiter built, will move from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Space Shuttle Enterprise was never flown into space. It was used and flown during unpowered drop tests at Edwards Air Force Base.
Shuttle Discovery will call the Udvar-Hazy Center home now that it has retired after completing its 39th mission in March.
Shuttle Endeavour is preparing for its final flight at the end of the month. Once that mission is complete, Endeavour will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to fly the last planned shuttle mission in June. Once retired, like so many humans, it will spend its golden years in Florida on display at
the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
NASA also announced that hundreds of shuttle artifacts have been
allocated to museums and education institutions:
Various shuttle simulators for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum of McMinnville, Ore., and Texas
A&M's Aerospace Engineering Department
Full fuselage trainer for the Museum of Flight in Seattle
Nose cap assembly and crew compartment trainer for the National
Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
Flight deck pilot and commander seats for NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston
Orbital maneuvering system engines for the U.S. Space and Rocket
Center of Huntsville, Ala., National Air and Space Museum in
Washington, and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Educators and interested students, take note that NASA also is offering shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.
Schools can request a tile at: