Hm, I wonder how much it would cost to FedEx one of those suckers?
And why do I have this rather sudden urge to find a Wile E. Coyote costume?
Here ya go!
You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
Damn, free? how big is it?
-- hmph. 5' x 14' and 7000 pounds
Sorry, but they're not really for sale. NASA's taking Requests for Information from organizations on how they would use them for the public good, ostensibly as educational displays. I think that applies to the engines, too. NASA ultimately decides who gets them, and one of the conditions is being able to provide a "suitable climate-controlled indoor facility to house the orbiter." NASA doesn't want happening to our shuttle what happened to the Soviet one, or what nearly happened to the remaining Saturn V's.
I haven't heard yet how one is supposed to unload a spacecraft the size of a Boeing 737 from the back of a 747 at airports not equipped with a proper crane.
Also, the coolest shuttle, Discovery, is already spoken for. She's going to the National Air and Space Museum. Enterprise, which is currently there, should also be available, in addition to Endeavor and Atlantis.
Oh, and the shuttle is ITAR-classified, so Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong Il are not eligible to receive one.
My opinion is they should send Endeavor or Atlantis to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where mission control is located. Enterprise can go to Kennedy Space Center. The other flight orbiter should go west coast, and I think the Boeing Museum of Flight, since they have an excellent museum there and are tied to the program by their acquisition of Rockwell (who built the shuttles) and their role as one of the main shuttle support contractors. I be really stoked if McMinneville's Evergreen Aviation Museum, where the Spruce Goose is located won, especially since they built their second exhibit hall with a shuttle in mind, but I can't see them coming up with $28 million for a single exhibit.
Does it come with a warranty? I've been watching the space program the last few years and I want a warranty.
Great topic. From comments:
"One careful owner?"
Tell that to the families of the two crews that y'know, died.
By brent on January 19, 2010 11:26 AM
Brent, they're not selling the ones that exploded
By yep on January 21, 2010 3:50 PM