'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. Redd

    Bring the shuttle home to Houston.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Why Houston didn't get a space shuttle: because nobody goes to Houston. You're competing against New York, LA, Orlando and Washington DC: four of the best tourist destinations in the country. Did you really think you deserve anything over those cities? I lol'd. Houston should be happy it has the Space Center to begin with.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeremyH2

      @Jay, DC, a tourist destination??!?! Maybe if I had a death wish........no thanks!

      April 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Californian

      I would love for you to come try and sneak Endeavour out of Los Angeles, see what happens. If you even cared about the space program or did an once of research, you would come to discover that Los Angeles is the closest big city to Edwards Airforce Base, where the shuttle landed countless times and to Plant 42 where the shuttle fleet was retro-fitted many times. I dare say that the shuttles were mostly built in California. Space flight and aerospace are synonymous with California, which we Californians know because we have something to do with it. If you did you might know these facts. I have a question: Have the shuttles EVER even been to Houston?

      You people just saw the word "California" and thought, without knowing much of anything really, that you deserved it more. Well, no place deserves it more than California where so many firsts in aviation and space flight took place. So, the moral of this story is DO SOME RESEARCH before you open your big fat uninformed mouths.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astronaut

      Typical Kalifornian response, unfortunately punctuated with unneeded name calling; just ignore them, and eventually they will all fall into the ocean.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astronaut

      In Rock/Paper/Scissors terms, Money and Political favors beats History every time.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • eyevibe

      California with a "k", how cute! And what were you saying about name calling? Such children on here.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      boo-hoo-hoo when a state full of whiners and blow-hards doesn't get something, you bet they're going to make a big scene about it...

      April 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Shepard

      The space center is in Houston because LBJ brought home the bacon. There is no logical reason for it being there otherwise. At least logic prevailed for Cape Canaveral as a launch site...to take advantage of the linear velocity of the Earth's surface there.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      For anyone who thinks Houston has nothing to offer, you are wrong. Houston is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with great restaurants and museums plus a wealth of other tourist destinations. How do I know? I live here, but I lived in Washington before I moved to Houston. Would I say this about Washington D.C.? Hell, no. I was too afraid to walk the streets. Sorry, but Houston deserved a shuttle. I could go on about the other cities....but I'll just say bye!

      April 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Funny stuff, saying that this decision is about politics. If the people who are complaining really cared about the space program rather than their own personal desires they should be very happy about the selected locations.

      Exposing as many people as possible, especially children who might yet decide to pursue scientific careers, should be the number one goal of these placements for anyone who wants to see our space program returned to its previous level of success and admiration in the future.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaptnTim

      This is just not right. Nasa should reconsider this immediately...Houston should take precedent over New York and even the Smithsonian. What in the Hell are they thinking??? I get the idea to have one on the East Coast (Florida) and one the west cost (California) but then another in New Your (east coast) and another in Washington (east coast).....Maybe the east coast should bid on all the future Olympics ever to be held; it appears they might win.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • WR2

      @ Californian
      Yeah "Los Angeles we have a problem" is a lexicon. Or "L.A., Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed". All the locations except NY are associated, and good choices, with space flight. Honestly, how many of us think of NY and spaceflight?
      WR2

      April 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      LOL THE HILARIOUS PART IS NASA IS NOT IN HOUSTON ITS ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AWAY AND IS IN CLEAR LAKE. ITS CLOSER TO GALVESTON THAN ANYTHING. WE JUST SORT OF CLAIMED IT, I'M GLAD OTHER CITIES GOT A PIECE OF HISTORY. THEY DONT EVEN LAUNCH FROM HERE SO I DONT KNOW WHAT THE BIG FUSS IS ABOUT. FLORIDA IS MORE RELEVANT IN TERMS OF SPACE LAUNCHES.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAldridge

      Just the folks in the northeast, Depth south west coast get the Shuttle's. THAT IS WRONG
      ONE IN THE NORTHEAST, ONE IN THE SOUTH, ONE IN THE MIDWEST AND ONE IN THE WEST
      THAT IS FAIR...........................................

      April 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If it wasn't for Austin, TX would be returned to Mexico. The U.S. would pay to take all the Southern educated folks off our hands.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Houston suckz and I live hear, when I have enough money I am moving. Too many illegal and legal minorities that ruin the education system of the state. yes, too many stup!d minorities. 70% total mexicans and blacks detroyed this state. This is definitely not a tourist destination. By 8pm the city is dead asleep or else if you are up; you will get robbed or killed by the 70%. All the so call tourist destination is so small that you could tour it in a half an hour anyway. So, if you are smart; do not come to Houston.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • GunnerGA

      The first word uttered on the moon was "HOUSTON". It is an outright insult to those in Houston who have supported the space program.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • GunnerGA

      @Chris.... while Clear Lake City is independent, much of the area IS part of Houston. Houston is THE largest big city by area in the US. It is over 630 square miles. Its city limits go past the area and circle much of what you THOUGHT was outside of the city. Next time you make a comment, perhaps you should check your facts.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ayhwang

      I'm sick of ppl who keep saying b-b-but the first word on the moon was "Houston"!!!! cry cry
      uh...has a shuttle actually ever gone to the moon? just keep a command module and be happy that the shuttles are in places with maximum exposure, no offense houston.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Pure political hogwash. Texas didn't back the liberal president, they didn't get rewarded. Cryin' shame.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • brett3964

      from a historical stand point? hahaha Houston has done very little compared to the other "historical" sites. being one of the fattest cities in the world you should walk your lazy behinds to a college and get an education.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      JSC has a space shuttle already. I used to go play in it all the time when I was a kid. Besides, there's a piece of practically every other NASA rocket there already, a really cool anti-gravity toy, a massive working museum, and tons of great stuff. If Houston doesn't realize what it has, then it doesn't need more.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      I'm no fan of Texas, but ....I do believe that with the history of the space race in the infacy of NASA, Houston should have been at least second next to NASA in Fl. NY should never have been considered at all. Nor California. The Smithsonian was an excellent choice. Washington state has done much for aeronautics and areospce, and should have had an opportunity too. It's all about political pull.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      Jay, LA is a tourist destination? Really? And what would be the attraction? Smog? Watts? East LA? Where do you usually vacation? Ground Zero in Nevada?

      April 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      "You people just saw the word "California" and thought, without knowing much of anything really, that you deserved it more. "

      What do you mean, "you people"?

      April 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Horton

      Terrible decision to put 3 shuttles on the East coast and none in middle America. Says a lot about the rewards and punishment of politics.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • DavidM

      I live in Houston and can understand why this happened. Who wants to visit Houston. The place is a dreadfully polluted, traffic jammed mess that looks like a parking lot from space. Space Center Houston is a joke. It is more about gimmicks than about space.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • twistedpickle

      Houston is and always will be the MISSION CONTROL CENTER, and home for the human aspect of the space program. It is a disgrace that this country HAS FAILED to reward all the people who worked so hard in accomplishing the space program. I find it DISRESPECTFUL, UNLOYAL, and an abominable DISGRACE that Houston was not selected. THIS IS A SNUB that sends very BAD SIGNALS throughout the nation, directed straight towards the astronauts and all the heroes who died in the program. It is a DEEP STAB IN THE BACK of those who deserve it the most!

      April 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiceOwl

      Agreed. It is in Houston, at Rice University specifically (who owned the land JSC is built on), where John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech in 1962 promoting Space exploration by the United States. While the shuttles are not manufactured here, or launched from here, Houston defines the Space program. It began here, and should have a right to honor one of the space shuttles.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • fla-shuttlefan

      Create a mockup shuttle and send it to LA. Then send the real one to Houston.

      The Calfornians won't know the difference.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      @Californian – i dont think he can beat the gangs that will have it chopped up and shipped in parts to mexico a week after it arrives in LA

      April 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH

      @Chris and GunnerGA. Clear Lake City dissolved YEARS ago. When it did, the surrounding cities took over the area (Webster, Pasadena and mainly Houston). I can drive by the JSC on Saturn Lane and before I pass Space Center Intermediate, I see the sign that indicates that I am entering Houston (right next to the Houston Fire Department station). NASA is very much a part of Houston. Those of us that live in the area still say that we live in Clear Lake, but it is just the area we are referring to.

      And JC don't let the boot hit you in the A$$ as you leave our proud city.

      April 13, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ActnJackson

      Texas is in the Top 10 of states as destinations for international travelers, according to the census bureau.
      No, Houston doesn't get as many visitors as NY, but they get a hell of a lot.
      The "Nobody goes to Houston" argument, and the people who make it, are completely full of cr@p.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Plain Peeved

      And for all you idiots who claim that the reason we (Houston) did not get a shuttle was because we are from a Republican state, obviously do not have your facts straight. Yes, our state is highly republican, but you missed one fact about Houston. It is one of if not the most liberal areas in the state. In fact, we HAVE A FREAKING DEMOCRATIC LESBIAN MAYOR! AND WE ARE THE FIRST AND ONLY MAJOR CITY TO DO SO! So stick that in to your gun-carrying, ten gallon hat-wearing, Obama-hating stereotype of us Houstonians.

      For those who say that we are not educated and what not? Not only do we boast Rice University, a college most of you probably had a tough time getting in to let alone affording, but we also have the best medical center in the United States. Do you have 15+ nationally ranked hospitals in a ten mile radius? I think not. Did Ms. Giffords go to Los Angeles for treatment even though it was closer? Think again.

      And last argument to you all? First off, YES Clear Lake IS a part of Houston and it has been for years. But can any of you recall WHERE the Astronauts who go on these Shuttles train? JOHNSON SPACE CENTER PEOPLE! And not only were we chosen because we were the home state of the Vice President at the time, but we are also one of the most centrally located cities in the entire nation, we boast all that great scientific research, and Rice was pivotal in the development of the same space program that we are discussing.

      To NASA- I get that you wanted to put the Shuttles in places that have good tourism. I get that. California claims that with the addition of the orbiter they will have another 600,000 visitors. Now what if you had given the orbiter to JSC, allowing it to boost its visitors by 600,000? JSC would have about the same 1.4 million visitors, and since NASA is going to be out of commission for a while, the extra visitation might help while our friends over at Marshall and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville (Who, although they didn't get an orbiter, has a really cool Saturn V rocket that everyone should see) try to develop a new rocket from scratch. THEN, did you not only fail Houston by NOT giving us an orbiter, but you also didn't give us a training module that visitors can actually go in rather than just looking. Instead we get SEATS? Our only hope now is that you give us the rest of the remains of Columbia (Which blew up over Houston, just in case you needed a reason). But you might not, since we even had some of your astronauts sign the letter to encourage you to give us a Shuttle.

      Now tell us that we didn't deserve one.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    This should have been about history. The first three shuttles should be at Kennedy Space Center, the Johnson Space Center and the Smithsonian. After that, you can play politics. But why should I be surprised.... All Texans need to remember this decision in Nov., 2012.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • FC

      what does a decision made by NASA have to do with an election ?.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • In Texas

      Very true Ben. In fact you can see a pattern of politics creeping in every damn good things in America, only through Obama. He's already had his American dream come true, now he wants put an end to Capitalism in America – the hope of American dream for all who come to America. 2012 everyone, please.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hacked Off

      Yeah, the Obama regime and their sheep followers (some of whom have finally begun to awaken to the mistake the almost majority told them they were making) will do absolutely anything to snub Texas.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • nodat1

      give it a break Don't you have a union to succeeded from or something like that???

      April 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobetta

      Why should Obama have given Houston another goodie? He's already killed off the space program... better not to remind those who had a hand in it. Kudos to all who participated in the US space program – the high point in our nation's history. And now we'll have lots of low points.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      It is a decision about money and who supports who.. so yes, it is ALL about politics. If you can't see that, then there is no helping you.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wojo

      It IS about history. Too bad Texas didn't go with the majority in the last Prez election.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      Unfortunately there aren't enough legallly registered voters in Texas to matter. I think that you have mostly illegals in Texas, and therefore your plan falls short of having any meaning at all.Maybe if someone from Tx had any political pull at all, we wouldn't have this discussion at all.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustinFromNJ

      Houston not getting a space shuttle is Obama's fault? Seriously? I started to laugh, but was suddenly silenced by the realization that you probably weren't being sarcastic.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MPLArms

    Doesn't Texas have enough "spacey" thing's?
    Look at Crawford.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Look at President Bush. He's as spacey as you get.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • eye2

      Okay, this made me laugh out loud. Good one!

      April 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Maybe Houston didn't get a shuttle because Texas is going to secede from the union anywho.... 😉

    April 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlin

      Uggh... sterotypes. .000001% of the population says something and the rest get blamed. *goes to look up hippie culture in california.. far more common*

      April 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • foo ken

      @D Maybe we will, if you all don't get so upset about it this time

      April 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I hope, and make Ron Paul the President of the Republic of Texas. I'm not mad at this, I mean I live right down the road from Space Center Houston and I probably been there 3x. But I think you are right it is time for Texas to become its own country once again

      April 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • The United 49

      @ Ryan;

      You Texa*s Moron, lets see you want to secede from America... well first you have to pay back the Hundreds of Billions in debt (today's dollars) that you owe America when you begged us to join the Union in 1845. Next you need to pay for the war you started in Iraq to enrich your state, a figure of 1.2 Trillion. Next you will return to America, all of your oil rich coastal area's that you stole from her. Now you can leave... Goodbye!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Unliklely Oilfield Wife

    I'm shocked and saddened that Houston won't be getting a shuttle. The first word uttered on the moon is the name of this great city, and to be snubbed like this is really heart breaking. 3 on the East Coast, makes no sense. But alas, it's done.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie in Austin

      Well, we need to let our representatives know that "3 on the East Coast" is not appropriate. There are three coasts to this country - East, West and Gulf. East has three, West has one, Gulf has ... zero.

      Yes, it's a major snub that Houston didn't get one, but the bigger snub is to the TENS OF MILLIONS of Americans who will be THOUSANDS of miles from the nearest shuttle. And that's wrong.

      April 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike S

      Problem is, the shuttle didn't fly the astronauts to the moon.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActnJackson

      Mike S, No, the Problem is, you obviously don't realize that ALL shuttle missions are controlled at JSC, a.k.a. Houston! And that ALL astronauts on shuttle missions receive their training there? And that most astronauts and their families (including many of the families of those lost in the Columbia and Challenger disasters) currently live in the Houston area?

      April 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MPLArms

    Yea Ben, It was his decision.
    As Bugs Bunny would say, " What a marroon"

    April 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marlin

    What a political snub....
    One for Kennedy, one of JSC, and one for the Smith. in DC.

    I dont think nearly as many people would feel as badly about the above as what has been done.

    The center's Mission Control Center has been the operational center of every US human space mission since June 1965. The control center manages all activity on board the spacecraft and directs all space shuttle missions. Mission Control Center was constructed in 1962. By 1965, JSC was fully operational and has been responsible for coordinating and monitoring every crewed NASA mission since Gemini IV. - thats for those who dont know how big the centers contribution is.

    "Houston we have a problem"- Not New York.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobetta

      Haven't you heard? The operational catch phrase these days is, "Washington, we have a problem."

      April 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ErinLindsey

    I dont see why New York got a shuttle. They had nothing to do at all with space flight. Houston should have gotten one. I would have liked to see a shuttle at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Nebraska (where I live) but I think Houston deserves it a lot more than any other city that's contributed to space flight.

    At least the shuttle isnt going to Chicago, that we can be grateful for.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marlin

    Im a member of the green party... but if the Democrats want to ever get a Democratic governor in Texas again.. or make inroads to get Texas votes for president in the future, these types of snubs will be remembered and work against them.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FC

    I'm OK with the locations selected. 3 on the east coast makes sense because there are more people there to see them.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EDemocracy

    THIS IS SO WRONG.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    I agree more folks will seem them in the places selected as those cities are tourist destinations.

    Houston, not so much.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • International Student...fed up of Communist Obama!!!!

      Blah blah blah...we develop those cities which are do not yet compete with NYC or DC, and not the other way round by giving shuttles to NYC or DC...btw, on basis of fairness as well Houston should out beats NYC or DC for that matter...

      Why don't you blurt out the truth that you'll support Obama no matter whoever he is, whatever he does etc etc!!!

      April 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      What the heck does Obama have to do with ANY of this? THIS is why people hate Texas! Because everything is always ALL about THEM, ESPECIALLY political issues affecting millions of people outside of your backwards state. You're dragging us down and all you do is whine, whine, whine. Everything's bigger in Texas, especially the egos.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You are correct. Millions of people vacation in NYC, DC, Orlando and CA. Who the hell vacations in TX? I avoid the state like the plague, unless I have to go there for business... and then I get out of there ASAP.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I have been to Houston, Dallas and Austin more than once. Houston is a hole with limited fun, Dallas is where a republican wanna be shot our president in 1963 and where Stevie Ray Vaughn was buried until the locals tore up his and his fathers graves so they had to move them and Austin is the one light in all of TX but it really doesn't have much in terms of tourism. Really TX is boring and the roads suck they don't maintain them. The folks are under educated and half the place speaks Spanish anyway. Just go back to Mexico where ya'll came from.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • larry

      Texas is the second most populous state in the nation, passed New York state a few years ago. It has four out of ten of the biggest cities in America, Austin is 14th and gaining, soon Texas will have five of the largest cities in America out of the top ten. Houston is America's fourth largest city and will soon overtake Chicago as the nation's third largest city. The state is leaving the rest of the nation behind in job growth, economic growth, and culturally has everything New York and Los Angeles have, oil does buy a lot! This so-called backward state has become the leader economically and culturally, Californians, New Yorkers and Illinoisians are fleeing those states and rushing to the sunbelt states. Texas and Houston are leading the way, so don't hate, my dad is from California and my mom from Texas. I now love Texas and the cities are beautiful and clean, and you can actually buy a mini-mansion for 200,000 thousand dollars. The future belongs to Texas and Houston!

      April 13, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ActnJackson

      People, Texas is in the top 10 states as destinations for International travelers, according to the census bureau. Just because many of the northern elitist liberals posting here wouldn't be *caught dead* south of DC, it doesn't mean that the rest of the world thinks the same.

      As for those traveling specifically for interest in space, New York rates a 0 out of 10. JSC and The National Airforce Museum had THOUSANDS more visitors last year than the Intrepid. The simple fact is, Money and Political power talk louder than history and merit.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. In Texas

    Of course Obama gets handle for everything where he sees an opportunity to garner votes from here, from there and from everywhere. All winner cities are liberal bastions. No doubt why Houston was left out. All real Americans, citizens, residents or hopefuls, should remember the assault on American dream that Obama is making. 2012 remember, please!

    April 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unliklely Oilfield Wife

      Houston voted for Obama, beating McCain by almost 20,000 votes. We also are the first large city that elected a lesbian mayor. Don't assume you know the politics of a certain place, look it up.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • In Texas

      @Unlikely Oilfield Wife: If Obama has his way, you won't be able to call yourself an oilfield wife! By saying Houston, I meant Texas in essence. BTW, elect a dog or a cat to Houston I don't care. You should be in some communist country instead of trying to elect a person who's hell bent on turning America into Socialist/Communist country!!!!

      April 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      TX has done more to ruin America than the other 49 states combined. You let your children get I'll, you leave people with terrible educations, your elderly have to leave state or die.....TX is for money grabbers and big mouthed hill billies.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The United 49

      @ Rob;

      Thank you, for a great reply!

      April 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EDemocracy

    I'm sure there are several good psychiatrists in your area. Please see one.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BuzzTheOlder

    I would have thought that Texas would have built their own!

    April 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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