Chicago planetarium fails to acquire retired space shuttle
Chicago: Chicago`s Adler Planetarium, which was competing with 21 other institutions, has failed in its attempt to acquire one of the three retired space shuttles from NASA.
The planetarium will however receive NASA`s fixed-base flight simulator, a three-storey high training device, that is a replica of the shuttle crew compartment, officials were quoted as saying by the Chicago Sun-Times.
At the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch and 50th anniversary of the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced that Shuttle Discovery will go to Smithsonian`s Air and Space Museum annex in suburban Washington.
Enterprise, a prototype that is currently housed at the DC museum and was never used on a space mission, will go to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, Bolden said.
Atlantis, which is scheduled for one last trip into space June 28 before its retirement, will go to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida while Shuttle Endeavour, which is preparing for its final flight on April 29, will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
According to the newspaper, Olga Dominguez, NASA assistant administrator, said when selecting the sites the space agency sought out places offering the "best value to the American people" with the "potential for broad national and international access."
Chicago`s Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel congratulated Adler Planetarium for being awarded a NASA shuttle flight simulator.
"Adler is a shining example of the best our city has to offer and I am proud to see it recognized for the contributions it makes to both the people of our city and to our nation," Emanuel said in a statement.
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