NASA Administrator (and former astronaut) Charles Bolden, in a ceremony at one of the Shuttle Processing Facilities, announced Tuesday the locations where the retired Space Shuttle Fleet will be displayed.
Enterprise, the first Space Shuttle, used as a test platform which never went into space, will be moved from the Smithsonian Institution‘s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport, to New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Shuttle Discovery will be displayed in Enterprise’s place at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Shuttle Endeavour will be at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Shuttle Atlantis will remain at the Kennedy Space Center, on display at the Visitor’s Complex.
Retirement of the Space Shuttle Fleet leaves the United States without the capability to send people into orbit. Any access by astronauts will be on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Constellation program, which was to be our follow-up to the Shuttle has been defunded, leaving the United States hoping that successful commercial vehicles can be developed in the future. Until such vehicles are developed, at an unknown point in the future, the United States can only send unmanned rockets into space.