We Don't Get an Actual Shuttle, but We Get a Chance to Name a Fake One!

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Photo courtesy of NASA via Wikipedia.
Just like this, only fake and disappointing.
Houston has long maintained a kind of inferiority complex. Even now after publications from coast to coast have proclaimed our surprising hipness, we still get things stuck in our craw. Case in point, not getting a space shuttle for Space Center Houston. Plagued by the insipid overuse of "Houston, we have a problem," being bypassed for one of the shuttles in the city that literally built them was a particularly potent kick in the crotch, which is why this new contest from NASA leaves me cold.

Space Center Houston is launching a contest on July 4 that will allow Texans to name a space shuttle replica (ack) that will be part of a new $12 million attraction under development at the Clear Lake Facility. The winner gets a trip for four to Space Center Houston (that 30-minute drive will be AWESOME!) and a placard with the name of the winner's hometown inside the exhibit.

I really admire NASA and I think their promotions department is one of the more clever out there, particularly their social media group, which won a Web Award this year for best hashtag, but this is just bizarre.

Not only is it adding insult to injury that we essentially get an amusement park version of a space shuttle instead of living history -- imagine if the Smithsonian got a plastic Wright Brothers replica plane kids could ride in circles 10 feet above the ground...scintillating! -- but the winner gets a plaque inside this thing with the name of HIS hometown? I can't wait to see Clute or Waco or, God help us, Dallas emblazoned across this monument to our collective disappointment.

But, if they are looking for names, how about Space Shuttle Disappointment or Space Shuttle Embarrassment or Space Shuttle We're Not Bitter...Seriously or Space Shuttle Thanks a Lot NASA for Putting a Shuttle in New York City Because They Obviously Need More Tourist Attractions and Had SO Much to Do With the Space Program.

Any of those would be suitable, but feel free to submit your own on their website. You have until Labor Day to get Laredo stitched onto the inside of the Shuttle Oh Give Me a F***ing Break.

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ahnlu
ahnlu

I'm thinking the Space Shuttle Disappointment would be appropriate

Rudyard
Rudyard

Whether most of the readers here want to admit it or not, this was our punishment for being a red state. There were four shuttles. Giving one each to JSC, KSC, and the Smithsonian should have been a slam dunk, no-brainer type of decision. The other places competing for one should have made their argument and the best options (if there were more than one) could have been decided by a lottery.

Saying that California deserved it because they built shuttle components there is BS. I bet if you look hard enough you can find plenty of places that had a hand in building the shuttle. NY certainly didn't need it or deserve it. It's just going to be one more thing for bored schoolkids to ignore on their next class field trip.

SoSezYou
SoSezYou

@Rudyard I doubt that there was any real consideration for being a red state, but being a lame bunch of liars and losers moving backwards in time instead of to the future maybe SHOULD have. I like this place but sometimes Texans can be real aholes.


NASA-Idiots
NASA-Idiots

Charlie B gave us a royal screw job, all the way round.

htown
htown

name it "LA sucks"

paul.wren
paul.wren

"literally": I don't think that word means what you think it means.  Shuttles were built in CA, mated with SRBs and external tank in FL. Not "literally built" in Houston by any definition.

SoSezYou
SoSezYou

@paul.wren Just part and parcel of a "Entitled" mindset, wouldn't you say?

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