Sunday, April 3, 2011

Date Nears for Orbiter Awards

An artist's conception of an orbiter on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Florida Today reports on the competition to display the retired Space Shuttle orbiters.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will announce the decision April 12. Under federal law, it is his decision to make, despite attempts by various members of Congress to influence (i.e. intimidate) him.

The article notes that Bolden will be at KSC that day, the 30th anniversary of the first Shuttle flight. An announcement went out to KSC workers that a barbecue will be held for them that afternoon, attended by KSC Director Bob Cabana. It would seem logical that Bolden would attend that barbecue, but if KSC doesn't receive one of the orbiters he may not have a friendly reception.

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