January 19th, 2010

just Chris

Space Shuttle on Bargain-Basement Clearance

This is a tad depressing: NASA has slashed the price of a surplus Space Shuttle from last year's $42 million to $28.8 million, and moved the "gotta clear 'em out!" date from next year to the fall of this year.


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Even more depressing is that no one wanted to buy the engines or other artifacts, so they're now available free (plus shipping and handling).

C'mon, Rich People, don't you want to build an awesome museum around one of these puppies? Or donate them to the appropriate air & space museums? Geez, doesn't it cost more to replace the heat tiles on these than they're charging? I feel like my childhood has been put on fire-sale. Thanks (?) to james_nicoll for the heads-up.

Note to self: Must get down to the Cape some time this year if I want to see a Shuttle launch. I doubt any buyers will be flying these things.

EDIT: Here's NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Launch Schedule. Seems like a heavy schedule, but only a few months planned in advance.

Chris
Earth-from-space

Haiti's Earthquake: 1 Week Later.

In Haiti, more than 200,000 are confirmed dead while many millions are injured, hungry, thirsty, and homeless. Let's keep the aid flowing, because the need won't end any time soon. In fact, things are getting worse as food and water run out. I hope others would do the same for me.

Here's a list of places to donate. Here's the US gov't list of aid agencies (my favorite at the moment is the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, because it gives 100% of donations straight to need (overhead is funded by the ex-prezs' foundations, I believe).

EDIT: Here's a great charity evaluator site to help weed through your options.

As always, remember that those easy-to-use cell-phone donation programs cost more than website donations, because there's one more intermediary sucking down some of the donation (credit-card company + cell-phone company), and the agency doesn't get the money until the phone company pays - usually after you pay your bill - so direct donations reach your chosen cause faster, too.

Chris