The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York has a new plan for the Space Shuttle Enterprise: Instead of a berth next to the aircraft carrier that houses the museum, it would go in a facility to be built in a parking lot across the street, surrounded by storage warehouses, a car wash and a strip club, The New York Times reports. The museum does not own the lot, which is designated for manufacturing uses and would have to be rezoned to house the shuttle.
This has prompted U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to write a letter urging NASA Administrator Charlesto reconsider his decision on Enterprise. “This report makes it evident that New York City was, and still is, woefully unprepared to house the Enterprise space shuttle,” he wrote. “This also raises further questions about the thoroughness of NASA’s selection process — and I urge NASA to revisit its decision to send the Enterprise to New York.”
Brown made a pitch in his letter for a site in his state: the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton.