Hundreds of supporters of the Bring the Shuttle Home to Houston movement gathered in Martha Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall today for a rally one week before NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to make his decision on the location of three retired space shuttles. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“No city in America is more deserving of a shuttle than our Houston, Texas,” said Milo Hamilton, the voice of the Houston Astros, who was the master of ceremonies. “Neal Armstrong did not say, ‘Dayton, the Eagle has landed’; Apollo 13 astronauts did not say, ‘New York, we have a problem”; all astronauts who orbit the Earth on the shuttle do not return home to Seattle, L.A., Chicago, New York or Dayton. They communicate with Mission Control, right here in Houston!”
Speakers at the rally included Mayor Annise Parker, Council Member Michael Sullivan, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Space Center Houston President Richard Allen and Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of astronaut Rick Husband.
Husband-Thompson and five other widows of astronauts killed in shuttle accidents, who met recently with Boldon, followed up with a letter urging him to assign a shuttle to Houston.
“General Boldon, you are probably familiar with the old saying, ‘Home is where the heart is. The heart of the shuttle program is Houston. We urge you to allow the shuttle to come home.” Letter