NASA Ponders Shuttles' Final Destinations

Monday, December 29th 2008, 6:35 am
By: News On 6

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is offering its three space shuttles for display once they're retired in September 2010.

But they won't come cheap. NASA estimates it will cost about $42 million to get each shuttle ready and to where it needs to go. The final tab could be much higher.

There are also restrictions. Only indoor, climate-controlled displays will be considered, and the orbiters "will not be disassembled for transportation or storage."

1 of the shuttles appears headed for the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The other two would go into storage at Kennedy Space Center until their final homes are decided.

If the Obama administration decides to keep the shuttles flying past 2010, than any display deals would be off.