Ohio Enters Fray in Trying to Wrangle Away Space Shuttle from New York

Texas isn’t the only state trying to strike while the iron is hot by trying to wrangle itself up a spare Space Shuttle. You might recall that that state, after not receiving one in the initial hand-out, tried to make another play for the now-decommissioned NASA craft after a NY Times story was published saying that New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum was still trying to figure out what to do with the Shuttle NASA had awarded it. Now Ohio has also jumped on board, with Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown issuing a letter to Charles Bolden, the space agency’s Administrator, asking that NASA reconsider giving the Shuttle to the New York museum, given that they perhaps weren’t as entirely prepared to take it as they’d detailed in their original bid to win the craft. However, Senator Brown’s concerns about this are far from being deep in the heart of Texas. Instead, he tells Bolden that the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton is “ready today to accept a Shuttle.” So how far off are we from other of the original bidding museums from getting their local representatives to step up to the plate (get on it, Adler Planetarium!)? And will NASA eventually bow to the pressure? We’ll have to wait it out.