Sen. Sherrod Brown blasts NASA denial of Dayton's space shuttle bid

Cleveland Plain Dealer

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants U.S. General Accountability Office to investigate the process by which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided to distribute four retired space shuttles to museums around the country.

Dayton's National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will not get one of four retired space shuttles, Brown said. NASA administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled to announce which facilities will get a shuttle this afternoon.

"NASA ignored the intent of Congress and the interests of taxpayers," Brown said in a press statement. "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. Even more insulting to taxpayers is that having paid to build the shuttles, they will now be charged to see them at some sites."

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