Need a Shuttle Launch Pad? NASA Is Selling

by Nate Wooley | January 4, 2013 11:44 am

Need a Shuttle Launch Pad? NASA Is Selling

Vehicle Assembly Building July 6 2005 300x230 Need a Shuttle Launch Pad? NASA Is Selling[1]NASA is all but having a garage sale at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The agency, which oversees all American space flight operations, is selling off gear related to the now-closed Space Shuttle program, WESH Orlando reports[2]. With the shuttles themselves being moved to museums around the country, the agency finds it has lots of spare stuff that also needs a home.

The highest-profile piece on sale is Launch Pad 39A, which was used for the shuttle flights and also for the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon. Quite a collectible for the right buyer.

Also available is the enormous Vehicle Assembly Building, in which the shuttles were mated with the rockets that carried them to orbit.

Some items are already gone, however. NASCAR is leasing the shuttle runway to test race cars, and Boeing (NYSE:BA[3]) is leasing a shuttle hanger to build its own commercial spacecraft.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Vehicle-Assembly-Building-July-6-2005.jpg
  2. WESH Orlando reports: http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/brevard-county/Want-a-launch-pad-NASA-is-selling/-/11788124/17981174/-/144fg0dz/-/index.html
  3. BA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BA
  4. The Original Batmobile Goes Up for Auction: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/the-original-bat-mobile-to-go-up-for-auction/
  5. Charlie Chaplin’s Accessories on Auction: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/charlie-chaplins-accessories-on-auction/
  6. Monet Painting Sells for Staggering Sum: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/monet-painting-sells-for-a-staggering-sum/

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