Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Issues Statement on Shuttle Decision



April 12, 2011 -- "This is certainly disappointing, but not entirely unexpected as the Administration has been hinting that Houston would not be a winner in this political competition.  I am disappointed for Houston, the JSC family and the survivors of the Columbia and Challenger missions who paid the ultimate price for the advancement of space exploration.  There was no other city with our history of human space flight or more deserving of a retiring orbiter.  It is unfortunate that political calculations have prevailed in the final decision."