By Ben Fractenberg
MIDTOWN WEST — Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler sent a letter to NASA on Wednesday in their continuing attempt to land a space shuttle on the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.
A total of twenty museums are competing for one of NASA’s decommissioned Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis shuttles, which will be retired in early 2011.
“The Space Shuttle Orbiters are a symbol of our nation’s — and indeed the world’s — foremost achievement in the exploration of space,” said the letter, which was also signed by 17 members of New York’s and New Jersey’s House Delegation.
“New York City and the Intrepid Museum are uniquely positioned to highlight that achievement to the fullest degree.”
The Intrepid museum, located at Pier 86 on Manhattan’s west side, said the shuttle could bring in upwards $7.5 million in tax revenue for the city.
NASA said they plan to announce the winners in early July.