Houston Still is HOT!!!

April 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM (Uncategorized)

Houston is pissed, and rightfully so!  If ever there was a publicly presented dick-slapping, this certainly is a prime example.  My question would be, why not?

Politics is the ultimate answer that I can conclude as to why The City of Houston, Texas was overlooked as a choice for a final location for one of the N.A.S.A. space shuttles.  The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas, has been the hub of our nation’s space exploration and astronaut training since it’s 1963 introduction.  All activities with space exploration that have been conducted by The United States have originated at JSC. 

These activities were not merely mission control broadcasts to orbiting shuttles.  JSC started as the home site for astronauts whom had been orbiting Earth to return for reports, testing, and the delivery of samples collected from space.   The center was completed fully by 1965, from which point all communications between launched crafts and N.A.S.A. occurred.  Since then, JSC has been the home to The Lunar Receiving Laboratory.  This site is where astronauts on return trips from space were taken to be tested, as they presented any items that were acquired while they were orbiting the planet.  

Houston was in the running for the final home of the space shuttles with cities such as Cape CanaveralLos AngelesNew York, and Washington, Distrcit of Columbia.  It is understandable why Cape Canaveral and D.C. were competition locations.  Cape Canaveral is the home of N.A.S.A..  D.C. is our nation’s captial city.  Yet, L.A. and N.Y.C. have no direct links to N.A.S.A. other than being international locations of intrigue that may draw more visitors from around the world.  Were L.A. and N.Y.C. having a problem with gaining money from crowds without the space shuttle?  Politics…    

A statement was issued by Michael Coats, the Director of Johnson Space Center.  Coats stated that the administrator of N.A.S.A. had “a difficult decision” to make in regard to the selection of the final location for the shuttles.  Yet, even he expressed his disappointment with Houston not being selected as a final stop for any of the shuttles.  Coats recognizes that JSC is the location for astronaut training and preparation, along with being the site of mission control.  All communications between Earth and all space shuttles occurred at Johnson Space Center.

So.  D.C., L.A., N.Y.C., and Cape Canaveral will be the final stops for our space shuttles.  Indeed, they will make intriguing tourist attractions.  If ever there was any question about the ultimate answer to it all being about money, here is your case.  One would think that these cities were lacking as locations with luxuries to lure visitors with big bucks, and that they so desperately needed their own space shuttles to maintain monetary measures.  Well, Houston has a sore lip, but the world turns….





It’s alright, H-Town!!!



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