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December 29th, 2008:

For Sale: Space Shuttle

NASA have started to explore the possibility of selling the Space Shuttles [^] once they reach the end of their useful life, sometime in 2010.  The expected asking price, a mere $42m US.  The only condition is that they must go to an American (US) educational institution, government agency or a state or municipality. 

Atlantis landing after STS-30 mission

NASA has three shuttles remaining in it’s fleet: Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour.  One of these is likely to end-up in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.  This leaves only two 78-foot wingspan shuttles available to other groups. 

For those organisations that miss-out there is an alternative; decommissioned shuttle engines are being offered at between $400,000 and $800,000, plus postage and packing.  I have a feeling that the p&p is going to be a little bit more than the cost of a first-class stamp!

Image: Public Domain NASA generated.

Via: Scientific American [^]

Wikipedia has more information on the Shuttle [^].