Nem Wan: cptjeff: drewogatory: I'm a little confused as to all the hoopla surrounding this, or why they just didn't put the damn thing in Huntsville or D.C. where it belongs.There are four shuttles, including enterprise. Discovery, the one with the most history, is in DC. Enterprise went to NYC. Atlantis is staying in at Kennedy Space Center. Endeavor is providing some geographic balance and going west to LA.Why California indisputably deserves a shuttle: all of the shuttles were assembled and regularly overhauled an hour away from LA in Palmdale. Edwards AFB is where every shuttle landed the first time and for about 4 out of 10 missions thereafter when weather was bad at KSC. Vandenberg AFB was set up as a shuttle launch site (before the military cancelled its use of the shuttle after the Challenger disaster). Thousands of Californians were directly involved in the shuttle program.
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