Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Shuttle Atlantis to stay in Florida…as it should

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm

It was hard to believe that after the space shuttle programs ends later this year, that Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral here in Florida would be stuck without a shuttle to be retired here and to serve as a reminder of the history taken place on the space coast.

I’m glad it didn’t happen.

Tuesday, it was announced that the Space Shuttle Atlantis would remain here in Florida.

You better believe it is!

It was never a question to me. Call me cocky but it would just seem fair that after losing tens of thousands of jobs and to sit still on ground breaking technology that, we would at least get one of the vehicles that kept a Costal Florida community going for so long.

I would have been venting about it on this blog, once a week for the rest of the year.

The space shuttle Endeavor (the pretty one) should feel right at home in Los Angeles.

The space shuttle Discovery (the oldest one) will be in the Smithsonian and free to congregate with other senior landmarks.

The space shuttle prototype Enterprise (the adopted one) is heading to New York, where I’m sure it will appear on Saturday Night Live as many times as Alec Baldwin.

I feel terrible for Houston, the other NASA hub. They get nothing and I’m angry for them. What is Cali going to do with a space shuttle?

We get Atlantis (the often under-appreciated middle child) and millions from around the world will be able to admire it on the beautiful space coast. If we would have been passed over, Florida would have forever lost an special part of it’s history and an important part of it’s identity.

That’s not happening and we should all feel good about it.

Her sisters might be leaving, but Atlantis is staying home where she belongs

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