Skip to comments.Houston, We Have a Problem: Texas Rep Outraged by NASA Shuttle Snub
Posted on 04/17/2011 7:32:02 PM PDT by jazusamo
Congressman Ted Poe is demanding answers from NASA. The Texas Republican says he was shocked to hear that Houston was denied one of the four retired space shuttles.
On Tuesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Atlantis will go to Florida, Endeavour will be sent to California and Discovery was awarded to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport.
The prototype orbiter Enterprise, which was used for testing but never flew in space, will be sent to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
"NASA made a mistake," Poe said during a Sunday interview with Fox News. "People understand the center of space exploration is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It has been for almost 50 years. It is a historical snub, if you will, to take the shuttle and put it somewhere else."
Poe added that sending Enterprise to New York was "like putting the Statue of Liberty in Omaha."
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Texas didn’t vote for Obama and NY did.
Exactly, and that’s what it’s all about.
Yep. It is part of Obama’s War on Texas (and any other state that defies him).
I’m surprised that one didn’t go to Chicago.
Whenever a mishap occurred aboard a US space mission, it never was “Cape Canaveral, we have a problem.” Houston was in the middle of it. However, people remember the launch sites. Houston’s legacy goes way back — doesn’t it have any retired craft?
Correct, I’ll bet he would have loved to have sent one to his pal Rahm.
I don’t know if they have any but they surely must have something.
My Dad was in the space industry in So California when LBJ channeled mission control to Houston and the industry there was ticked.
Hopefully soon we will be reading the headline “Ted Poe punches Schumer in the nose”. And I will applaud.
LOL! I sure hope so, it’ll make my day!
And ticked for good reason. Huge amounts of money was spent so that LBJ could move the jobs from California and Florida to Houston which up to then had nothing to do with the space industry other than LBJ being president (and a stinking one at that). It was and is a bad and very expensive joke. If Houston isn’t happy about it they should show some class and ask the jobs to move back where they came from (and never should have left).
Precisely. Democrats are all politics all the time, and this crowd of radicals all associated with Chicago, and the Chicago way of doing things are a step beyond the all politics all the time with their wink and nod, and scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours ethos.
Something about representing the people is missing with this crowd.
Even Shelia Jack-Lee’s letter to Obama wasn’t enough to get Houston an orbiter.
I thought Texas already got the space shuttle Columbia.
Look, NASA’s new mission, according to its head, is to make Muslims feel good about themselves. Putting a shuttle in Houston wouldn’t do anything to forward that goal.
I agree they were ticked for good reason and it was terribly expensive for much of the industry to relocate. I’ve said for many years LBJ was the biggest crook that’s ever been President. That was many years ago though and I believe Texas has a legitimate gripe on this.
Ha! That just goes to show Zer0 is really ticked at TX.
LBJ was a visionary moving jobs out of CA to TX. Saved a bundle of money. CA has proven unworthy of having any Govt/Def jobs. CA still has a lot, but doesn’t deserve them.
A lot of things can be said about LBJ but visionary isn’t one of them unless it was padding his pocket or political ambition, IMO.
They were designed, built and tested in California.
If any state deserves a shuttle, it's California whether you realize it or not.
Bravo Sierra! If it wasn’t for the work done at Edwards AFB
there WOULDN’T BE A SPACE PROGRAM!!! Yes I’m YELLING!
Chicago got a shuttle simulator, that's probably a better score for a "hands on" museum.
What you said... and they got to see it coming down. Anyway, I read blurbs from people asking why California got one. Don't people realize thhey were built in California, many landed in California, and NASA has a big presence in California? Not so with NY.
A Saturn rocket, but is just a tiny thing.
I would liked to add that you are totally ignorant of the history of the Space Program. Take the time to read what went on in the late 1940’s, 1950’s & 60’s & 70’s at Edwards AFB. The first shuttle landings were at Edwards AFB -— I watched them! GET REAL!!!
Be that as it may, the name “Houston<” is iconic in the huistory of the program. To give it to New York is an insult.
When I heard them say which locations would get shuttles, I was shocked that Houston was left off the list. The only two places I knew for certain had to get them were the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Space Center. Then I thought the Johnson Space Center would be a third place. The non flying Enterprise I thought might stay out in California.
But it does seem that every place that got a shuttle voted for Obama and that left Texas out in the cold. I’m sure their excuse will be that they have to put one somewhere up north.
Space Center Houston (the public museum) has a Saturn V rocket (was going to be Apollo 18 before the program was cancelled), A Mercury craft, the forward (crew) section of one of the Gemini capsules, and the Command Module from Apollo 17, the last fight to go to the Moon. They also have the life-size trainer module for Skylab.
Even though they have all that...I still think Houston should have gotten a Shuttle. That bastard Obama just wanted to be petty and hateful because Texans don’t like him or his policies.
Sheila Jackson-Lee requested Houston get the flag that was planted on Mars.
OK, this is weird. Enterprise is ALREADY at Udvar-Hazy. Why move it? Its restoration was quite a delicate operation, and IMHO, it’s best kept there.
New York and a shuttle? What?
Let me be the millionth person to say, Houston, we have a problem.
I agree but NY has the Intrepid, now the Interpid with a shuttle, let texas have a shuttle!
Texas not getting a shuttle is a small price to pay for murder.
Uh, if they have the Johnson Space Center, why do they also need the Shuttle?? I would think that having the first obviates the second, since the JSP is already a monument to the space effort.
We have a winner
Never fear, a new one will be built just for that purpose.