The New Space Race: Who Gets Retired Shuttles?

An artist's rendition of what a shuttle exhibit in Seattle might look like

Courtesy: Seattle's Museum of Flight

NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet this year, and 21 museums across the country are vying for the chance to become a retirement home for one of the iconic space shuttles.

As NPR reports in this story heard on Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370, NASA only has three spaceships and one of them is already promised to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

You can also learn more about how the U.S. space program progressed in this interactive timeline.