NASA names new shuttle homes

April 12, 2011

by City Room and Associated Press

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Space shuttle Enterprise will be housed at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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The Discovery space shuttle lands at Kennedy Space Center in 2009. Its permanent home will be the Smithsonian Museum.
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Endeavour on a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will go to the California Science Center.
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Atlantis will be housed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Chicago's Adler Planetarium will not be home to a space shuttle, but will get a shuttle flight simulator as consolation prize.

New York City will be the new home of space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype shuttle used for test flights more than three decades ago. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday that Enterprise will go to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Enterprise has been on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. But NASA plans to send shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian once the shuttle program ends this summer.

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida will house the Atlantis shuttle. The Endeavour will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Twenty-one museums and centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships including Chicago's Adler Planetarium. The announcement comes on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight.