Recession has caused retail and other companies to cut prices to make the product more enticing for consumers. NASA is not far behind. The agency announced the price cut of its 70 era Space Shuttles from $42 million to $28.8 million per shuttle. They will be available for the sale price once they are decommissioned in fall.
Space Shuttle Availability –
- Discovery – Not Available (Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum)
- Atlantis – Available
- Endeavour – Available
- Enterprise – Might become available (currently is at the Smithsonian)
The new lower price is based on NASA’s estimate of the cost for transporting a shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to a major U.S. airport, and for displaying it indoors in a climate-controlled building. The travel cost may vary based on location. NASA has moved up the delivery date to the latter half of 2011, instead of 2012.
Potential customers have until Feb. 19 to put in a request.
As for the space shuttle main engines, those are now free. NASA advertised them for $400,000 to $800,000 each in December 2008, but no one expressed interest. So now the engines are available, along with other shuttle artifacts, for the cost of transportation and handling.
Please note, assembly might be required!