If you've been around Houston for a while, you may have noticed that NASA is kind of our thing. We love being "Space City" almost as much as we hate Dallas.
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So when we didn't get a space shuttle -- even though Florida, New York, California and Washington D.C. did -- we were kind of miffed.
Well, we're still not getting a space shuttle, but it was announced that NASA will be providing Johnson Space Center with its very own space shuttle carrier. (This is the equivalent of asking for a pony and being given a horse trailer.) Once the carrier has been delivered to JSC it will be put on display with a fake shuttle on top of it.
Meanwhile, NASA's budget is once again on the chopping block, and NASA head Charles Bolden didn't mince words when he swung through town earlier this summer, warning that some of those budget cuts would come down on the JSC if those folks in Washington can't figure out how to play nice.
The shuttle carrier aircraft is slated to be transported to Houston sometime next year, according to KUHF. Once it gets here, the powers that be will pop that shuttle replica already on display on top of the Boeing 747 and the whole structure will be turned into a six-story walk-through exhibit. There's no telling what will be left of NASA in general or the JSC in specific, once Congress has worked over the program's budget, and we still won't have a real shuttle, but it will totally look like we do. And that's all that really matters, right?