With the three remaining shuttles now in Museums, NASA is moving swiftly forward with its next manned space project Orion.
Recently, NASA held a press conference at Kennedy Space Center where they showed an Orion capsule under development, and reaffirmed their intention to land on an asteroid in a mission scheduled for 2017 or later. The asteroid is to be named later.
Two of the three surviving shuttles are now on display, and the third and last one will be on display this summer. Endeavour is at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on temporary display pending completion of its permanent display now expected for 2017. Discovery is in the Smithsonian Museum at Dulles Airport, and has been on display for more than a year.
Atlantis, the fourth of five shuttles to be built, will go on display this summer at the Kennedy Space Visitors Center on Merritt Island, Fla.
A total of five shuttles were built. The first two, Columbia and Challenger, were lost. Two test vehicle shuttles were also built. One was later rebuilt as the Challenger, and the other, originally on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., is now on display in New York City.