OLYMPIA — The Museum of Flight in Seattle was not chosen by NASA to be the home for one of the retired Space Shuttles.
It will however get a training module the astronauts used.
The Museum of Flight was among facilities scrambling for a Shuttle as an exhibit when NASA openned up the bidding for the spacecraft. It is announced the locations for the four Shuttles today, the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle flights.
Atlantis stays at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Enterprise goes to the Californial Science Center in L.A. Intrepid goes to the Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Discovery was already promised to the Smithsonian.
Gov. Chris Gregoire issued a press release saying she was disappointed the Seattle museum didn't get a Shuttle and congratulating them on their effort. The trainer is a “true win” because visitors can get in the trainer and they won't be allowed inside the Shuttles, she added.