Report: Should space shuttle have gone to Dayton?

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Report: Should space shuttle have gone to Dayton?

Cincinnati Enquirer – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s decision about which cities would get a retired space shuttle was based on a flawed assessment of applications but wasn’t tainted by politics, according to a report released Thursday.

Bolden decided where four retired shuttles should go based largely on where they would be viewed by the most people, according to the 27-page report from NASA Inspector General Paul Martin.

But civil servants who reviewed the 29 applications for an orbiter made several mistakes, the report said. It said the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, should have tied with Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a museum in New York in the competition.

Kennedy Space Center, the New York museum and sites in Los Angeles and the Washington area each got an orbiter, but the Ohio museum did not.

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