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Griffin: “I’d have sent a shuttle to KSC, MSFC, and JSC”

Screw the politics. Ex NASA admin Mike Griffin thinks retired shuttles should have gone to the centers that worked the Program.

From The Huntsville Times-

Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin would have sent a space shuttle to Huntsville, published reports say. Griffin is quoted in Houston, where the town is still smarting over being passed over for the right to display one of the four retired shuttles.
“I’d have sent a shuttle to KSC, MSFC, and JSC. In the absence of political considerations, it is not a difficult decision,” Griffin is quoted as telling Ted Oberg of KRTK-TV in Houston. Oberg posted his report Tuesday. KSC is Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is getting a shuttle; MSFC is Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville; and JSC is Johnson in Houston…

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3 Responses to “Griffin: “I’d have sent a shuttle to KSC, MSFC, and JSC””

  • mike shupp:

    Sensible enough at first thought, but after that … “economizing” on peripheral activities like sight seeing tours and building maintenance is one of the first things organizations do when their budgets are being crimped, and it seems likely that NASA is in for a decade or more of budget reductions. We know from experience how NASA centers dealt with the manned space flight relics after the Apollo program ended, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. If you really want to show off those orbiters to advantage, they need to be taken out of NASA’s hands, and put some place physically seperate from NASA facilities, in museums that don’t rely on the federal govenment for their funds.

  • Jeff Sampson:

    These aren’t trophies, they are national treasures. The decisions were made based on how many people would be able to see them. Hunstville and Houston didn’t make the cut.

    I suspect there was an unwritten consideration of the ability of the facility to provide the required care for these treasures. Huntsville far out-shined Houston here. Houston’s leaving a Saturn V out to rot is deplorable. The Smithsonian had to step in to reverse the damage. We dont want to see the same fate for an orbiter.

  • JP:

    Houston is a top-ten ranking city in number of visitors (though these are mostly domestic, not international).

    The real problem, however, is that Bolden apparently ignored or violated the 2010 NASA funding bill, which required a city’s historical ties to the shuttle program to be heavily considered, but not number of international visitors. What’s more, the NY and CA sites were not asked their number of international visitors, and I don’t think they even keep track.

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