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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Apr 15, 2011 13:15:36 GMT -6
The shuttle flight simulator might be great to have, but the orbiters were the real prizes here.
I really thought Chicago had some great advantages in it's favor. Chicago is the heart of the midwest, and I thought they might be distributed somewhat geographically. Also, I thought Obama might pull some strings to get a shuttle to his hometown. And, of course, I can't think of many other settings where it would be so visually striking as on the Chicago lakefront. Adler is a renowned institution, capable of raising the considerable cash needed to bring a shuttle to the city.
What really upsets me is that the east coast was awarded THREE shuttles. Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian were pretty much given, but New York surprised me. I could have accepted losing out to someplace in the middle of the country, especially Houston, but NYC hurts. Losing to New York always sucks. (Unless it's the Mets ;D)
I suspect that the president did not see it as politically correct for a shuttle to be given to his hometown. From Joe’s comments and those of Paul Knappenberger, that word must have gotten through to the Adler some time ago. Seeing a shuttle once may seem cool, but the simulator could be a more interesting hands-on exhibit that should keep visitors returning.