Monday, May 31, 2010

NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise: National Air and Space Museum

On display.

Space Shuttle Enterprise, a test craft that never launched into space, sits in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The museum has already been promised one of the three remaining orbiters to put on display. (Photo by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Muse)

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, has a Web site complete with digital plans on where it would house the shuttle, estimated costs and letters of support.So does Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The Air And Space Museum & Planetarium in Tulsa, Okla., has architectural renderings of a new building to house the spaceship and a slick "Land the Shuttle" campaign and Web site.

The approach at Kennedy Space Center, inarguably the nexus of the space shuttle program, is decidedly more low key and that, has gotten the attention of some community and tourism leaders.

If a retired shuttle orbiter is displayed in the county, it would most likely be somewhere within the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Bill Moore, COO of the company that manages the visitor center, said Delaware North has submitted its proposal to NASA.

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