Student Letters of Support

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, collaborating with Texas A&M University, is a major contender in Texas to receive a Space Shuttle Orbiter. The Museum’s dream is to display the magnificent shuttle in a new expanded facility, renamed the Brazos Valley Museum of Science and History, and located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The recent postponements of the final mission have delayed official announcements on where the retired shuttles will be located. No announcement is expected until the Discovery Orbiter is safely on the ground.

The Museum has developed a program with NASA that allows schools to express support for locating an Orbiter in the Brazos Valley. The principal from each school choosing to participate in the program will select one student from each grade level to act as a representative. That student will then write a letter to NASA explaining the reasons why the Brazos Valley is a good home for an Orbiter. These letters along with a short statement from the principal are sent to NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. 

Students are also welcome to send letters of support on their own to:

NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001

The Brazos Valley is an ideal home for a space shuttle because of the presence of Texas A&M University (a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math education) and because of the central location of the Brazos Valley within Texas. This will place an Orbiter within a comfortable drive for millions of people and provides schools across Texas and the surrounding states with an exciting, inexpensive, and easily accessible field trip destination. A project of this magnitude also creates jobs and opportunities; showcase museums bring in millions of dollars to local economies.

For more information on how you can help, please contact Museum Executive Director, Dr. Deborah Cowman, at 979-776-2195 or Project Director, Zachary W. Cummings at 956-251-3812.

Letters of support to NASA are encouraged!

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Space Shuttle Thermal Tile Program

Along with these letters, each school may request a Space Shuttle thermal tile, which NASA has made available through the GSA website, as a token of their support. Read the following for more information about the tiles:

Space Shuttle Launch