I hope they DON'T give one to Houston. JSC's Saturn V is only now being partially restored after decades of neglect and sitting out in Texas heat and hurricanes. It was very sad watching it rot away year after year. The Shuttles (only after they have finished their yet to be completed lifetimes) should only go to institutions that have the resources and ability to properly care for them.
Number one priorety would that they would be indoors in a controlled environment, shouldn't be too hard they are no where near the size of a Saturn V. The Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport already has Enterprise http://www.nasm.si.edu/imagedetail.cfm?imageID=386, maybe they would swap it out for a 'real' one?<br /><br />I reckon they would choose DC, KSC and Houston.
In the post 911 world I suspect that they are not that keen to encourage Edwards as a tourist site. I recall they closed any tours out there completely and then made it 'appointment only', months in advance. What is the situation now?
I would like to see one of the shuttles displayed in a vertical 'full stack' configuration. Maybe with some parts from the pad. Would require a huge building, but I would love to see it as it would appear on the pad.
Now, 2048 seems so far away doesn't it? Sure did for me!<br /><br />Congrats!<br /><br />Wayne <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything." Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
Doubling your post count for each promotion gets hard, huh? <img src="/images/icons/tongue.gif" /><br />But it's nice in the beginning. And it's easy to remember how many more posts i need.<br />thanks!