Thu, Apr 14, 2011
Johnson Space Center Director Says He Is "Disappointed"
While there was a lot of celebration in the cities selected for
display of one of NASA's retiring space shuttles, Houston, home of
the Johnson Space Flight Center, did not get to join the party.
"The NASA administrator had a difficult decision to make and
evaluated the numerous proposals against several criteria,
including geographic distribution," said JSC Director Michael L.
Coats, after the announcement that facilities in Washington, Los
Angeles, New York and Cape Canaveral, FL, will be the permanent
homes of the space shuttle orbiters following their retirement.
"Although the orbiters were built in California and launched in
Florida, I am personally disappointed that the Houston area was not
awarded one of the space shuttle orbiters," Coats said. "Houston
had a strong case: the Space Shuttle Program has been located here
at JSC since its inception, the astronauts live and train here, and
of course all the shuttle missions have been controlled from our
Mission Control Center.
"Regardless of today's outcome," he concluded, "JSC -- along
with our partners at Space Center Houston -- will continue to share
the excitement of human spaceflight for decades to come."
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