NASA to Hold Shuttle 30th Anniversary Ceremony at KSC, Announce Orbiter Locations

Space shuttle Atlantis lands on runway 33 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility concluding the STS-129 mission. Photo credit: NASA Jack Pfaller

NASA PR — CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will participate in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday, April 12 on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. During the 1 p.m. EDT ceremony, Bolden and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana will honor the shuttle work force’s dedication, which has made it possible for NASA to take the next steps in exploration and retire the shuttle fleet later this year.

During the ceremony, which will feature an astronaut from the first shuttle mission, Bolden also will name the four institutions that will receive a shuttle orbiter for permanent display. The announcement and ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website:

Editor’s Note: Florida Today reports that anonymous sources indicate that Bolden will announce that Atlantis will stay at the Kennedy Space Center and that Discovery is headed for the Smithsonian Institution in Virginia, where it will replace Enterprise prototype. The NASA Administrator will also announce where Endeavour and Enterprise will be housed.