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A Space Shuttle for the Yard?

By December 23, 2008

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Who wouldn’t want an actual space shuttle for a lawn ornament? Unless you run a museum you probably won’t get one, but you can ask, as NASA is seeking homes for its soon-to-be-retired fleet of orbiters and main engines.

Actually, NASA has issued a Request for Information, or RFI, looking for ideas from “appropriate officials and decision-makers from museums, science centers, institutions and other organizations dedicated to education or educational outreach with experience in public display of space hardware and nationally-recognized historical artifacts,” on where an how to best display two space shuttle orbiters and as many as six shuttle main engine “kits.”

Needless to say, NASA’s main concern is that the shuttles and engines will be displayed in a way that will emphasize their historic and educational value. The Space Shuttle Dinner? Forget about it.

Some Assembly Necessary: Whoever gets the space shuttles and engines will be totally responsible for assembling and preparing them for display, and oh, yes, getting them to their final destination. Anybody got a really big pickup truck?

Shuttle photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Also See: NASA Looks To Rent Out Shuttle Landing Site


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