Debate Forum Topic: 4/19/11

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Calls for Investigation of NASA Selection Process

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Ohioans, and especially those of us in the Miami Valley, were disappointed to hear the decision announced last Tuesday by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the awarding of the four retiring space shuttles. The National United States Air Force Museum in Dayton was not awarded one of the four shuttles despite aggressive lobbying. Among the elected officials expressing disappointment was Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Sen. Brown announced that he is asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate the process by which NASA decided to distribute four retired space shuttles to museums around the country.
Brown suggested that NASA had ignored the intent of Congress and the interests of taxpayers in reaching the decision to send the four shuttles to New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and to the Kennedy Space Center. Brown pointed out that NASA was directed to consider regional diversity when determining shuttle locations.
“Unfortunately, it looks like regional diversity amounts to which coast you are on, or which exit you use on I-95,” Brown said. Brown continued, “Ohio is home to the Wright Brothers, to John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, and to the National Air Force Museum. Locating the shuttle in Dayton would provide 60 percent of America’s population with access to the shuttle, within a day’s drive, and with no admission costs. The fight is not over, which is why I’m calling for a federal investigation into a flawed selection process.”

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