Houston, we have a problem

Those words were not good news for those who worked at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. They may have been spoken in other space flights, but, the dilemma of Apollo 13 comes to mind as the most urgent.

Once NASA launches a maned space flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, everything thereafter is controlled by “Houston”.  Good news, America’s good news, bad news, Houston’s problem.

We now have only two shuttle flights left in America’s space program.  The shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to launch on April 29, and the shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch later this summer.  After that, we turn over space exploration to the Russians.

So, what to do with our 4 shuttles?

The answer was given on Tuesday by Charles Bolton, NASA’s chief, and, an appointee of President Obama.

Shuttle Discovery, which has spent almost one year in space over her lifetime, will go to the Smithsonian, as well she should.

Shuttle Atlantis, upon her return from space later this summer, will remain at Kennedy Space Center, as well she should.

Surely, you say, one of the 2 remaining shuttles will go to Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Not so.

Mr. Bolton has decided that the Enterprise, which was a prototype used solely for test flights, and never flew in space, will go to New York City, and the Endeavor, upon her return in May will go to California’s Science Center in Los Angeles California.

Just in case you missed the nuance, both New York and California are “blue states”, Texas is not.

I may be jumping to conclusions here, but, it is a travesty for Johnson Space Center to not receive at least one shuttle that “Houston” cared and nurtured through numerous perilous flights.

17 replies
  1. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    A state, region, or city slighted for political reasons? I'm shocked!

    The way I see it…..Texas is already outer space to this administration.

  2. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Chicago should have gotten a shuttle because without the elder Daley stealing the election for JFK, there would have been no challenge to put man on the moon by the end of the 1960s and NASA would probably not even exist in its current form.

  3. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    I was sick when they announced the choices.  My heart goes out to the people of the Johnson Space Center.  New York & California, might as well have said handoff to Moscow.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    At least they didn't send it to China as a goodwill gesture (probably since China stole all the secrets long ago….).


    I bet that, or sending one to Russia, crossed their minds though.

    • GdavidH
      GdavidH says:

      They could not find a muslim country that wanted one?

      I thought NASA was all about muslim outreach now.

  5. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    I believe this administration thinks that Houston already received a space shuttle….the ill-fated Columbia which landed in thousands of pieces across the Texas landscape.


    Houston Control may send the "Thank you" card to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    So what is the answer as to why no shuttle is going to Houston? Maybe Houston did not want one??

      • PatRiot
        PatRiot says:

        Sorry – that comment was @ NH- Jim.

        @ sammy22:  From DC's long track record, there won't be much truth in their answer. 

    • SoundOffSister
      SoundOffSister says:

      Actually, the Johnson Space Center in Houston did apply for one of the shuttles, as did the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.  And, Ohio is another "red" state.  Hummmm.

  7. Shared Sacrifice
    Shared Sacrifice says:

    "Punish your enemies!"…  This is what change looks like.  Maybe, if mission control had been in the liberal mecca of Austin TX, then there'd be a shuttle and a federally funded tourist center too?

  8. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Not surprised at all by the decision to omit out Houston from being given a shuttle for politcal reasons. Well since PBO is into college basketball, he sure must have been happy that Houston had been able to host the men's NCAA's Final Four.

  9. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    The only thing transparent about ?bama is his partisanship and constant campaigning.
    Hey Barry, forget about spreading (other people’s) wealth around and start spreading the truth around.

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