37.7 F
Indianapolis
Friday, January 15, 2021

Space shuttles going to Fla., Calif., suburban DC

More by this author

Police have a legitimacy problem to address first

Lauryn Smith sat on the sidewalk during a sit-in on Indiana Avenue earlier in September and thought about whether it’s actually possible for police...

City leaders, community members disagree on demilitarization

When protesters came face to face with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers downtown May 30, the anger and confusion from the crowd was...

IU School of Medicine to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trial

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine will be looking for volunteers to receive a two-round COVID-19 vaccination when the trial resumes in...

Substance use disorder stigma: the ‘scarlet letter’

They say when white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia. The saying usually applies to economic disparities, but what about when white...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s three remaining space shuttles will go to Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington when the program ends this summer, the space agency said Tuesday.

The announcement came on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man’s first journey into space.

Shuttle Atlantis will stay in Cape Canaveral at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just miles from the pair of launch pads where it was shot into space. Endeavour is headed to the California Science Center, miles from the plant where the shuttle was built; and Discovery’s new home will be the Smithsonian Institution’s branch in northern Virginia.

The Smithsonian is giving up the prototype Enterprise, which NASA said Tuesday will now go to New York City’s Intrepid museum. Enterprise was used for test flights in the 1970s.

“For all of them, take good care of our vehicles,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, as he choked up.

“They served a nation well, and we at NASA have a deep and abiding relationship and love affair with them that is hard to put into words.”

Twenty-one museums and visitor centers around the country put in bids for the spaceships. NASA is giving shuttle simulators and other parts to some of them.

From the International Space Station, American astronaut Catherine Coleman told space center workers at the ceremony that the retirement of the space shuttle program should not be viewed as an end.

“It represents the next step in extending humanity’s reach further into space,” said Coleman, one of six people living on the orbiting outpost.

The shuttle program is winding down with only two more flights left. Endeavour is set to launch on April 29 and Atlantis will close out the shuttle program with a summer liftoff.

Russia spent Tuesday celebrating its space accomplishment in 1961 – the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia must preserve its pre-eminence in space. But critics there complained the government has paid little attention to the space program in recent years.

Online:

NASA: http://www.nasa.gov

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

 

- Advertisement -

Upcoming Online Townhalls

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest local news.

Stay connected

16,331FansLike
3,142FollowersFollow
5,989FollowersFollow
14SubscribersSubscribe

Related articles

Popular articles

Art & Soul Fest goes virtual

The Art & Soul Festival, hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, is usually a chance for artists and Indianapolis residents to...

Our Future is Powerful Voices

This program is closing the opportunity gap for black and brown students. Find out how you can participate.

Too many are dying

Black Indianapolis has to rediscover a culture of life. Last year we lost 158 Black people to criminal homicides...

Dennis Murphy: Our path forward: Ensuring trust, equity in health care

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare persistent, systemic racial disparities in communities across the United States, including the lasting effect of inequality...

It’s on you, white America

The insurrection at the Capitol is as American as apple pie. I know many in white America have a...
Español + Translate »
Skip to content