Adler Hopes Pavilion Plan Will Help It Acquire Retired Shuttle
Concept drawing courtesy of the Adler Planetarium.
"Chicago is the best place in the Middle West for a shuttle," said Adler President Paul Knappenberger to the Chicago Tribune, after he unveiled the concept drawing for the glass pavilion, which would be built on a parking lot west of the planetarium and would be home to the shuttle and other exhibits.
Adler's proposal to NASA was assisted by a space shuttle advisory committee, headed by Chicagoan and Apollo 13 astronaut, James Lovell. "The proposal points out that there is no strong Midwest NASA presence, and that Chicago is the largest metropolitan area in the Midwest, attracting more than 45 million tourists annually," Knappenberger said to the Tribune. "NASA would acquire the highest possible visibility in the region by locating a shuttle here."