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Old 12-18-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Rockwell Int. Space Transport System can be yours for only $42 million

And the engines go for anywhere between $400,000 and $800,000.


Want a retired space shuttle? They're up for grabs


CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA's soon-to-be-retired space shuttles are up for grabs.

The space agency said Wednesday it's looking for ideas on where and how best to display its space shuttles once they stop flying in a few years. It's put out a call to schools, science museums and "other appropriate organizations" that might be interested in showcasing one of the three remaining shuttles.
Beware: NASA estimates it will cost about $42 million to get each shuttle ready and get it where it needs to go, and the final tab could end up much more.

The estimate includes $6 million to ferry the spaceship atop a modified jumbo jet to the closest major airport. But the price could skyrocket depending on how far the display site is from the airport. Only indoor, climate-controlled displays will be considered.

"The orbiters will not be disassembled for transportation or storage," NASA insists in its nine-page request for information.

One space shuttle appears headed to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The remaining two would be placed in storage at Kennedy Space Center until their final homes are decided.

If a space shuttle is too pricey, NASA is offering some of its shuttle main engines for anywhere between $400,000 and $800,000, not counting shipping costs.

The space shuttles, so you know, will not come with any main engines.

NASA plans to retire Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour by Sept. 30, 2010, in keeping with President George Bush's initiative calling for a return by astronauts to the moon by 2020. A transition team set up by President-elect Barack Obama is reviewing all the options, however, including the possibility of keeping the shuttles flying beyond 2010.

If that happens, then all space shuttle deals are off.

The shuttles' Soviet counterpart, Buran, was destroyed in a hangar collapse back in 2002, 14 years after its only orbital flight. An engineering model is on display at a museum in Germany.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:24 PM   #2
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I am sure I can find some better ways to spend 42 million dollars.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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well if it comes with the booster rockets and a launch pad, then maybe... just maybe i might make a bid for it
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:56 AM   #4
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how cool it would be to get one and then turn it into a house? it is big enough to be a house, have you been close to it ever? I have those things are gigantic
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