'Houston, we've had a problem'
April 12th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

'Houston, we've had a problem'

The idea that "home of manned spaceflight" won't be home to one of NASA's retired shuttles isn't sitting so well with some.

The Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, was considered a strong contender to receive one of four retired space shuttles.

Instead, the honors have gone to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida (Atlantis); the California Science Center in Los Angeles (Endeavour); the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia (Discovery); and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York (Enterpise), NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. said Tuesday.

Many in Space City are none too pleased by the snub, considering the role it has played in the development of the nation's space program.

Columnists and blogs, including Jalopnik, are weighing in on "Why Houston Deserved a Damn Space Shuttle," and the news has prompted the Twittersphere to make #JSC, #Houston and #spaceshuttle trending topics in the hours since NASA made the announcement.

"Sad day in Houston," CopyDRcom tweeted, summing up the prevailing sentiments of disappointment over the decision, particularly among many who claim some connection to Johnson Space Center.

"As a former JSC co-op student/employee, I must say, in my most composed manner possible, WHAT THE HELL, NASA HQ? >:/" former JSC employee juliamontgomery said.

"Personally I am disappointed Houston/ JSC didn't get a Shuttle & from a space history standpoint deserved one. But again not surprised," ISS flight controller greg_forest said.

"Before astronauts ever boarded a space shuttle, they trained in Houston. When they orbited Earth, they phoned home to Houston," Lisa_llbc86 tweeted. "I have pickup truck. I'll sneak Endeavour back to #JSC. That's how we do it in TX"

Others, however,  felt the appropriate locations were selected.

"While I'm sad JSC isn't getting a orbiter, lot more people will see them in their chosen destinations :/," self-proclaimed "space nut" @ericmblog tweeted.

"#Shuttle destinations seem very reasonable. Glad #OV104 will be staying at home. 😉 Shame for #Adler, #JSC, but no perfect solution," astrodad said.

soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. B lo me

    ActnJackson is a homer. Whatever you state on this blog will not make a difference. You are wasting my time...

    April 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J McAfee

    Here's the numbers. Texas voted 55 to 42 for governor Rick Perry last Nov. Galveston County, where NASA is, 42,906 Perry; 31.081. Rick Perry wants Texas to secede from the nation. Perry said he wanted Texas to secede from the U.S. Then they're surprised because they didn't get the shuttle . They voted for him, they get what they deserve. BOO F'n HOO.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JSC_Dude81

      Johnson Space Center is not in Galveston County, it's in Harris County in the city of Houston. Please get your facts straight before you post.

      April 17, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. dude

    interesting artlcle on what retired shuttle program manager has to say about why houston didnt get a shuttle

    April 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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