For Sale: Space Shuttle Launch Pad, Slightly Used
NASA selling off pieces of Kennedy Space Center
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:35 PM CST
Space shuttle Atlantis make its way from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – If you've been looking for a place to park your spaceship, then NASA has got a deal for you. With the space shuttle program on ice, Uncle Sam is hoping to sell or lease its Kennedy Space Center facilities, including its 15,000-foot landing strip, its launchpad, its rocket assembly building, and even its parachute-packing plant, the Orlando Sentinel reports. And it's looking to sell fast; federal money to maintain those facilities runs out at the end of this year.

"The facilities out here can't be in an abandoned state for long before they become unusable," says one KSC official. "So we're in a big push over the next few months." NASA is hoping to sell or rent to companies pursuing space-related projects, and it believes there's plenty of commercial demand. Facilities like the parachute plant "have real value to the next generation of space activity," says Florida's public-private space agency. NASA won't divulge how much it's asking, saying only that the market will set prices.

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Wrongdirection
Jan 4, 2013 9:54 AM CST
you think they'd wait until the next real estate boom to offer this property. Call it the Obama Space Port and keep it for a military training post.. Get everyone their second education so there wouldn't be as many uneducated people to deal with!
1492
Jan 3, 2013 2:32 PM CST
Try a more realistic approach. How about offering the landing site for a landing fee... There is Iran, North Korea, Cuba to name a few who would be willing to rent for a landing fee.
JoeQ
Jan 3, 2013 9:58 AM CST
How about mission control for Newt Gingrich's moon colony?