Texas loses bid for retiring Space Shuttle display

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) - NASA awards retiring space shuttles to Cape Canaveral, Fla., Los Angeles, suburban Washington.

The retiring space shuttles will go on display once the program ends this summer.

Twenty-one museums and centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships.

NASA is disclosing the winners Tuesday on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch in 1981. The shuttle program is winding down with only two more flights left. Shuttle Discovery ended its flying career last month and it's going to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Some of the hot contenders for shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis and the prototype Enterprise were visitor centers at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, the Air Force Museum in Ohio and museums in New York City, Seattle and Chicago.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding NASA's rejection of the Johnson Space Center in Houston as one of the retirement locations for their orbiter fleet: "Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA's decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters."

"Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the final locations for the orbiter fleet."

"There is no question Houston should have been selected as a final home for one of the orbiters—even Administrator Bolden stated as much."

"Today's announcement is an affront to the thousands of dedicated men and women at Johnson Space Center, the greater Houston community and the State of Texas, and I'm deeply disappointed with the Administration's misguided decision," Cornyn said.

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