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. ūüėČ Shame for #Adler, #JSC, but no perfect solution," astrodad said.
NASA's space shuttles are bound for New York, Los Angeles, the Washington area and Cape Canaveral, Florida, in retirement, the space agency announced Tuesday.
More than 20 locations around the country had vied to call the retiring orbiters their home.
Space shuttle Discovery will go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in¬†Chantilly, Virginia, outside Washington. Discovery's last mission ended March 9. The shuttle is undergoing a decommissioning process in which all toxic materials are removed and the orbiter is prepared for display.
Currently on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center is the Enterprise, the prototype shuttle built but never flown in space. Enterprise was used to fly approach and landing tests and also for vibration tests on the ground. It will eventually go to the Intrepid Sea, Air¬†& Space Museum in New York.