One of the four space shuttles could soon be appearing at a museum near you. NASA has decided which institutions will win the fierce competition to host the Enterprise, the Endeavour, the Atlantis and the Discovery.
The above concept art shows how the Space Shuttle Enterprise will look in New York's Intrepid Museum.
NASA has announced the retirement homes of the four remaining space shuttles, ending a period of intense lobbying by various states and institutions. Manhattan's Intrepid Museum will house the Enterprise, the Endeavour will reside in Los Angeles, at the California Science Center, and the Atlantis will rest at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The Discovery's final home was already decided three years ago: The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington DC.
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A concept drawing showing space shuttle Atlantis as the centerpiece of a new exhibit showcasing the Space Shuttle Program. The display shows the orbiter in its on-orbit configuration, with the cargo bay doors open and robotic arm extended. Artist concept courtesy Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The space shuttle Enterprise is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Credit: Photo by Dane Penland/National Air and Space Museum