DailyDirt: Space Shuttle Discovery For Sale, $28.8M OBO, Shipping Included

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The historic end of the space shuttle program is coming up. The shuttles have been part of an inspiring space program that aimed to win an international "space race" against all comers. Now, though, the space race is turning into a commercial enterprise -- so the demand for ostentatious space vehicles isn't as high as it used to be. The upside is that there may actually be more opportunities for "regular people" (ok, millionaires mostly) to get a chance to go into space. Here are a few links about Discovery and its future plans. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Mar 10th, 2011 @ 5:44pm

    How Much Would It Cost ...

    ... for Ariane 5 and the ATV to be human-rated?

    Oh well, at least the good old Soyuz spacecraft are still being made and are still flying. Ironic, isnít it, that something produced by a primarily agrarian-based economy under a Communist regime should outlast anything the US of A has been able to come up with...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2011 @ 6:17pm

    Discovery is already spoken for...it has been offered to the Smithsonian.

    The other two are still up for grabs, though at least Endeavor will be delayed a while since it is scheduled for launch in mid-April.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2011 @ 6:36pm

    148 million miles? I hope they had airmiles!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2011 @ 6:39pm

    Atlantis is also scheduled for launch for June 28th It looks to finally be the real final last launch.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Mar 10th, 2011 @ 8:06pm

    Does that $28.8M USD include...

    Does that include shipping to the buyer? :-) I have this REALLY long back yard that could use some new sculpture...

     

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    Another User, Mar 10th, 2011 @ 10:15pm

    Anyone know what the gas mileage is?

     

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    mike allen (profile), Mar 11th, 2011 @ 12:35am

    Richard Branson always wanted one of them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 11th, 2011 @ 7:30am

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    No, but it is probably safe to say that adding 10% ethanol to the propellant doesn't help...;)

     

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