So what do you do when you’ve outgrown all your old toys? Hold a garage sale and try to make a few bucks! NASA hopes to do the same thing with all its old toys. The space shuttles are all nestled in their retirement homes, but NASA still has plenty of equipment, buildings and other infrastructure left over from their 30-year run. The space agency is quietly trying to sell it or lease it, and in some cases by the end of this year.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, which has been tracking NASA’s garage sale efforts, the steel and concrete buildings will almost certainly start to rust in the humid, salty climate of Florida’s Space Coast. Some commercial partners already have deals with the space agency to use its facilities. Boeing is refurbishing one of the Orbiter Processing Facilities for its CST-100 space transport capsule, which could eventually ferry up to seven astronauts to the space station. And SpaceX has already used the launch facilities at KSC.
But there’s plenty left, from the huge shuttle landing strips and rollout paths to the parachute-packing plants. Keep an eye on eBay, see what appears!
Check out this gallery to see some of the assets NASA is hoping to offer to the next generation of space explorers.