Here’s to you, Yuri, Happy Anniversary!
"When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!"
- Yuri Gagarin
Also today, in 1981 the United States launched it's first fully functional Space Shuttle Columbia into orbit.
Whic brings me to another Space event today: NASA has finally chosen what museums will get what retired shuttlecraft.
Kennedy Space Center gets Atlantis.
The Smithsonian Institute gets Discovery (they already have Enterprise)
The California Science Center in Los Angeles will get Endeavor.
and finally, New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will get Enterprise.
I have to say I feel especially bad for Houston's Johnson Space Center, who get nothing.
I am also (as an Ohio resident) pretty bummed that the Museum of the United States Airforce in Dayton, OH will not be getting a shuttle. I thought we might at least get Enterprise.
Enterprise never went into space, it was a prototype.
I guess that means that Wright Pat can duke it out with Houston over who gets to display Moonraker.