After its final flight later this month, space shuttle Endeavour will move to Los Angeles, where students and space fans will get to 'actually stand next to' a real spacecraft.
For three years, 29 institutions competed for a (very large) piece of NASA history. On Tuesday, Charles Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, named the four cities that will house the space shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, and Enterprise. To make it to their new homes, the vehicles will hitch rides on the backs of 747 jumbo jets. Each institution will pay $29 million to cover the space shuttle preparation and transportation costs. Here are the cities that won.
Yuri Gagarin and the Space Shuttle: Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space and the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator Charles Bolden lays a wreath at a Challenger memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 27, in commemoration of NASA's National Day of Remembrance. Jan. 28 marks the 25th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which killed seven astronauts in 1986.
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will need $1.5 billion added to its $5 billion budget to live up to its scientific promise, a review panel estimates. But the prospects for Congress granting the money are dim.
NASA administrator Bolden's trip to China comes at a time of upheaval in the US human spaceflight program, including doubt about Bolden's future at the space agency's helm.
Florida Democrat Bill Nelson announced legislation this week that would offer tax breaks for those seeking to develop commercial spacecraft.
The new national space policy calls on the space agency to target missions beyond low-Earth orbit – such as to an asteroid – by 2025, with the eventual goal of sending astronauts to Mars.
Human spaceflight: The House Science and Technology Committee has given NASA Administrator Charles Bolden until June 25 to deliver all records pertaining to the agency's 2011 budget proposal, which abandoned the Constellation program, whose goal was to send astronauts back to the Moon and possibly to Mars.