Do you have a lot of money, a huge backyard and a key interest in space memorabilia? You’re in luck! NASA recently announced they’re auctioning off their three mobile launch platforms. Now that NASA is moving forward with the Space Launch System, they’ll be modifying the launch pad created specifically for the Ares rocket, which was originally developed for a program to send people back to the moon. Out with the old and in with the new, eh?
So how big would your backyard need to be? The structures each weigh around 3,700 tons and are two stories tall. They’re essentially buildings all on their own, with plumbing and electrical cabling and the ability to vent rocket exhaust. I bet they smell pretty rank.
These are the same platforms used to launch the Apollo rockets, and were then modified for the upgraded space shuttles. They’re integral parts of American history, but that doesn’t mean they need to be discarded on the side of the road with that flower-patterned couch you finally forced yourself to get rid of. However, they’re much too big to fit inside your average museum, and while you’d expect these kinds of artifacts to end up somewhere as prestigious as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, that outcome is highly implausible.