Sources: Houston's JSC will not get retired space shuttle

HOUSTON There are three shuttles up for grabs and the Johnson Space Center in southeast Houston was considered a contender to get one. However, we had some serious competition from several cities including Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles and Dayton, Ohio. The big announcement will officially come today at noon on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch.

So far we know Discovery, which ended its flying career last month, will be housed at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. That leaves Atlantis, Endeavor and Enterprise, which is a prototype orbiter that never made it into space.

A Florida newspaper is reporting that Atlantis will go to Kennedy Space Center, where all the shuttles have been launched. New York Daily News reports the prototype Enterprise will go to the Intrepid Sea-Airspace Museum. They are reporting Cleveland, New York state and Kennedy Space Center will be getting the three.

Twenty-one museums and visitor centers nationwide want one of these retiring space shuttles. Some of the top contenders include our own Johnson Space Center, which is home to Mission Control, Seattle's Space Shuttle Gallery, New York City's Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and in Dayton, Ohio, the Museum of the US Air Force, which garnered famed astronaut John Glenn's endorsement.

We will stream NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's announcement at noon.

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