Space Shuttles: Ten Ways Los Angeles and New York Can Show Theirs Off, Dammit

This week, we learned that Houston, essentially the birthplace of the space shuttle program, will not be given one of the four remaining shuttles. Two of the four cities receiving them are both deserving and appropriate: Washington D.C. (for the Smithsonian) and Cape Canaveral, Florida, home of Kennedy Space Center. The other two are predictable, if frustrating for those of us who grew up in the shadow of NASA.

It got us to wondering just what Los Angeles and New York City would do with their shuttles. Neither New York nor Los Angeles has any substantial role in our nation's space program, so what would be the point of giving them shuttles? Of course, in Houston, we'd line one up next to one of only three remaining Saturn V rockets sitting at the entrance to the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake where they, you know, do actual space stuff.

Bitterness aside, we thought since we are so well versed in space travel, we would assist these two cities in figuring out how they might consider using their new tourist attractions.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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