NASA may sell Space Shuttles, BIN 42 Million

When NASA sets to retire its space shuttles in 2010 they may be interested in selling off the old orbiters. NASA is currently in the information gathering stage but selling off three shuttles for 42 million a piece (the 6 million dollar cost for shipping is included) would help to continue funding the next generation of space shuttles.

The Smithsonian is reportedly interested in the purchase but one would wonder where else the shuttles would go? The shuttles would be stripped of key components before being sent off and would not be in an operable state.

NASA is set to retire the shuttles on September 30th 2010 to keep in line with President Bush's goal of going back to the moon by 2020. Despite the talk of retirement the idea of keeping the shuttles going past 2010 are being discussed.

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Ohh so they're selling the shuttle with key elements scrapped off? Damn it's a ripped off, 42 millions for a non-working shuttle!

meh, I hope they are willing to take 38 million, cause I'm not convinced on paying 42 million. I could get a cheaper version from teh Russians for 32 million.

SirEvan said,
and it could fall apart when you go into orbit too, or have problems like Mir did

lol... erm you've forgotten about the doomed shuttle missions then? foam chunks anyone?

ThaCrip said,
42million is alot.

you have to be close to bill gates level to afford something like that.

Pff I'll put it on my credit card!

Quote: you have to be close to bill gates level to afford something like that.

Or just apply for a liar loan, with no intention of making payments

i think if museums would buy it it would be a good idea. or someone rich and donated so that simple folk could visit them :P

If I win the lottery around that time, perhaps I'll be interested :P

Not sure where I'd put one, but hey, how many people could say they own a space shuttle.

-Spenser

Brandon said,
Can I drive it to school?

For six million dollars, sure. Might have to pay a fee for parking though. It's probably over the height capacity.

Doesn't the Smithsonian already have the Enterprise prototype shuttle?

$42 million is quite a deal considering that each of them cost around a billion dollars to build in the first place.

This is just attention whoring. These follies belong in a museum of human stupidity. They have been bought and paid for, by the US tax payer, and belong to that nation.

This is exactly why the world financial system is in collapse (and is far worse than the media would have you believe!). Everything is for sale, even this obsolete rubbish. Read Richard Feynman's comments, he sat on the commission that investigated the Challenger disaster.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle...lenger_disaster
see "Role of Richard Feynman" or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynm...lenger_disaster
Then it happened all over again with the tiles on Columbia