NASA is Throwing a Yard Sale

NASA announced today that since they don’t need them anymore, they are GIVING AWAY their space shuttles. All you have to do is pony up for the shipping and handling.  That might be around 30 million bucks.  Oh…you have to be a museum to qualify and the Smithsonian already has dibbs on Discovery.

The last big aviation give away was when the Concorde retired.  That was easy.  There are 13 Concordes left…only three shuttles are on the block.  The Government is involved with the shuttles.

Shuttle expert and author Dennis Jenkins was quoted to say:

“The current competition is going to be stupider than Concorde was because the government is involved.  Congress will immediately go into an uproar and un-decide for them.”

As Shuttle retires there are no plans to replace it.  Once again that leaves good ol’ Soyuz, the only taxi you can take to get to the International Space Station.  U.S. plans to go to Mars and return to the Moon have been scrapped.  So if you have kids, you might want to break it to them that they don’t have a hoop in Hell of becoming an Astronaut.  Maybe their kids will.  In the meantime they can play “Community Organizer and Health Care Coordinator”.

White Knight II Unveiled

Virgin Galactic unveiled it’s latest design, The White Knight II. The jet powered craft will carry the sub orbital Spaceship II aloft. Spaceship Two plans to carry up to twelve passengers who will pay $200,000 for the suborbital trip into space.

In flight meals will not be served.

The aircraft shown above is NOT the actual White Knight II, but rather a trainer for future pilots.

Virgin America Airlines is having a contest called “The Race for Space”. Passengers will win tickets for the Spaceship Two.

65,000 people on currently on the waiting list for tickets when flight operations begin.