The final countdown is under way for NASA's shuttle program. OK, the clock has been ticking for awhile. It just didn't feel real until Discovery came back down to Earth.
ButÂ Discovery still has one big trip left: a museum.Â Several institutions are hoping to land the shuttle permanently. My hometown of Houston estimates such an exhibit would bring in $45 million annually for the local economy.
Houston has an online pitch to "Bring the Shuttle Home." But I'm bracing for disappointment. Let's face it... Houston doesn't win a lot. Just ask any sports fan in the city. We won the NBA championships in 1994 and 1995... and no national titles since. (I'm not counting the MLS or WNBA.)