Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

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.

Click the image to see the story.

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.

Tags: decline of civilization, the space age

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