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For Sale: Space Shuttle Launch Pad, Slightly Used

NASA selling off pieces of Kennedy Space Center
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:35 PM CST

(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.

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"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. (Read more NASA stories.)

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