Mayor Talks About Shuttle Snub

Mayor Parker had plenty to say at today's council meeting about Houston being snubbed in its attempt to get a retired space shuttle. Parker says she personally spoke with NASA's administrator last year and was optimistic about the city's chances. Bill Stamps has more.
Mayor Annise Parker says she’s deeply disappointed by what transpired on Tuesday. NASA administrator Charlie Bolden announce retired shuttles would go to New York, LA, Florida and the Smithsonian — but Houston would get nothing. Parker says she personally spoke with administrator Bolden several times lobbying for Houston.

"We started campaigning for the shuttle a year ago. We started campaigning for the shuttle last year when the president’s budget indicated massive job cuts at NASA."

In the wake of the decision and the disappointment many are feeling, some have questioned if there was more the City of Houston and its citizens could have done. Mayor Parker doesn’t think so.

"This was not an issue where flooding the administration with letters would've made much difference, but I’m glad we did it and I think it's important for citizens to know. But I think this decision was made early on, and I think it was political, and I think we need to accept it and move on."

California senator Barbara Boxer says her state deserved a shuttle because all five of the space vehicles were made in California and also tested at Edwards Air Force Base in that state. Getting a shuttle isn’t cheap. Each winning location must pay nearly 30 million to NASA to get it shipped to their city.