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Retired Shuttle Awards All About Tourism, NASA OIG Report Says

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NASA’s decision not to place a retired Space Shuttle in Houston four months ago stirred anger in the city deeply connected to the space program.

Some blamed political maneuvering for why Houston did not receive a shuttle, but a NASA inspector general report released Thursday tells a different story of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s decision.

“While the administrator was subject to a great deal of pressure from members of Congress and other interested parties, we found no evidence that this pressure had any influence on his decision about where to place the orbiters,” NASA’s OIG said.

Instead, the OIG found the decision was about placing the shuttles where large crowds would see them. The shuttles were placed in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Cape Caneveral. A test orbiter was awarded to New York City.

The OIG also found NASA broke no rules in its decision-making process.

Click here to read the full IG report.

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