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Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the prepare-the-sniping-software dept.

NASA 59

shortyadamk writes "According to the Government Services Administration auction page: 'Attention GSA Auctions bidders and interested participants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Space Shuttle Program has retired and NASA has partnered with GSA Auctions to sell the many shuttle related items through a series of auctions in 2012.' The only catch is that you must be a U.S. Citizen and schedule a visit 48 hours ahead of time to pick up your item. I'm not really sure which piece of the shuttle I'd want the most... Those robotic arms are pretty sweet."

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59 comments

How much for the toilet? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420131)

I'd pay more if it is not clean, the astronaut shit must taste different.

Slashdotted the Gov? (3, Interesting)

mjvictory (2658093) | about 2 years ago | (#41420143)

I'm getting a "503 Retry request" error.

Re:Slashdotted the Gov? (4, Informative)

Mattwolf7 (633112) | about 2 years ago | (#41420179)

http://gsaauctions.gov/

System Maintenance GSA Auctions is currently under System Maintenance.

GSA Auction scheduled maintenance times are every Saturday 5AM CT to 8AM CT & every Sunday from 6AM CT to 10AM CT.

Re:Slashdotted the Gov? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 years ago | (#41424079)

GSA Auction scheduled maintenance times are every Saturday 5AM CT to 8AM CT & every Sunday from 6AM CT to 10AM CT.

and my clients freak the heck out if we have 20 minutes of downtime once or twice a year...

Re:Slashdotted the Gov? (2)

Ramley (1168049) | about 2 years ago | (#41420197)

They're just making sure you actually *read* the article before commenting.

Why the US citizen requirement? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420151)

The rest of the world isn't made out of crackpot dictators, you know.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (-1, Flamebait)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#41420223)

not the point, the crackpot dictators of the USA and their politician bitches don't want sheeple not under their thumb to get the goods

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420235)

ITAR

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420347)

The correct spelling is "RETARD", duh.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420255)

No, only Wisconsin and Florida.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (2)

nospam007 (722110) | about 2 years ago | (#41420791)

If you have to show ID, lots of US citizens won't be allowed as well.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41421797)

Yes, I'm sure the intersection of folks that are buying space shuttle parts and those that have gone thier whole life without a photo id is super high. Oh the humanity!

Government = hamfisted. Guided missiles to Iran (2, Interesting)

raymorris (2726007) | about 2 years ago | (#41420961)

Our government is inherently hamfisted. If they sell rocket stuff to other countries, Iran will buy guided missiles. Government is incapable of common sense, so they need broad policies.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (4, Informative)

Solandri (704621) | about 2 years ago | (#41422221)

The Shuttles were built with U.S. taxpayer dollars. Hence it's technically already owned by U.S. citizens. The auction is more to decide which citizen should get each piece, not to make back the cost of building the things.

Re:Why the US citizen requirement? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 2 years ago | (#41424595)

Please return the arm we loaned you.

Sincerely,

Canada

503 Retry request (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420153)

GSA Auction scheduled maintenance times are every Saturday 5AM CT to 8AM CT & every Sunday from 6AM CT to 10AM CT.

Nothing new... (4, Interesting)

WestonFire22 (2736813) | about 2 years ago | (#41420157)

NASA has been selling off old Space Shuttle equipment for some time on the GSA auction site. I have seen computers, cables, tools, cameras, etc.. on there before.

whodathunkit? Of The Day (1)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about 2 years ago | (#41420159)

Server crashed and died, overloaded (apparently). LoadBalancer replies "y'all come back now".

and NOBODY saw this coming?

I know what I want (3, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 2 years ago | (#41420187)

Put me down for a pair of RS-25 [wikipedia.org] engines. I want to see if I can improve the mileage on a Hummer H2.

Re:I know what I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420373)

I'd worry about the inadequate brakes first. imho :D

Re:I know what I want (2)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 years ago | (#41420455)

I know you're joking, but I read elsewhere that they very carefully mothballed the SSMEs for potential future use.

Make this myth real (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 2 years ago | (#41421557)

You could be the real rocket car [wikipedia.org] man.

Re:I know what I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41422213)

I just want a single space shuttle tile... so I can make the ideal pipe.

Re:I know what I want (1)

cmr-denver (1315039) | about 2 years ago | (#41446429)

While you can't get an RS-25, you can get some X-34s. From http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm [gsaxcess.gov] : Prescreening Period 14: Start Date - 9/4/2012; Internal prescreening ends - 9/25/2012; External prescreening ends - 10/16/2012 (Includes items from Shuttle, Hubble, and other programs along with X-34 engine nozzles, early Space Shuttle prototype models, X3 solar mirrors, and various Space Shuttle components) New!

Where the money is (2)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about 2 years ago | (#41420195)

People are morbid creatures, the BEST money is in pieces of Columbia which returned to earth.

I'd reckon selling individual shuttle tiles would also get you a large bucket of money (collectively speaking).

Re:Where the money is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420873)

O-rings

Re:Where the money is (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41421699)

People are also passionate creatures, which is why that's illegal [wikipedia.org] .

Those robotic arms (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420199)

are Canadian, but can only be sold to US citizens.

Those robotic arms... (4, Informative)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 2 years ago | (#41420209)

... are Canadian [nasa.gov] . But of course, you knew that.

Re:Those robotic arms... (4, Informative)

trout007 (975317) | about 2 years ago | (#41420639)

And they took them all back.

Re:Those robotic arms... (3, Informative)

Solandri (704621) | about 2 years ago | (#41422187)

And they don't work on Earth (except underwater if you strategically attach floats). The actuators don't have enough torque for the arm to lift its own weight. Weight not being a factor in orbit.

Re:Those robotic arms... (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#41421401)

Well duh. How could anyone miss it, being clearly labeled 'Canada' with a flag right there? You know, it's funny, Canadians are among the most anti-nationalists out there. As an American, I hear the criticism long and loud. Nationalism and patriotism are bullshit. Nonetheless...how is it that Canadians are first and foremost when it comes to trumpeting their own flag-waving nationalism? I just have a hard time understanding it.

Re:Those robotic arms... (1)

Dominic Shrimp (604002) | about 2 years ago | (#41421845)

It's not so much that we're proud to be Canadian, but that we proud to not be USAn.

Re:Those robotic arms... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41429449)

Saying that is kind of like Arizonians saying they are proud not to be Californians. In case you are unfamiliar with it Arizona is that state everyone speeds through to get to California.

Re:Those robotic arms... (3, Interesting)

osu-neko (2604) | about 2 years ago | (#41423491)

The problem you're having is binary thinking. It does not follow from a belief that someone is too nationalistic that you must eschew nationalism entirely. Upgrade from a bit-brain to something capable of more nuanced thought, and you'll have no trouble understanding that there's nothing contradictory in such opinions. You'll also understand that "too much salt is bad for you" diesn't mean "salt is bad for you" and other common problems that trip-up people with poor reasoning skills, and probably realize most of the "hypocrites" you've labeled as such in the past were not even the slightest bit hypocritical...

What would a ./ter buy? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41420221)

Probably one of those IBM AP-101 beauties, right?

Re:What would a ./ter buy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420271)

I have been wanting one of those pens or maybe a mattress

Re:What would a ./ter buy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420391)

Urine recyling unit - so you don't need to leave the basement to pee / get water.

Ah, the Canadarm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41420321)

can't even lift its own weight on Earth....

huh? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 years ago | (#41420653)

Leave it to our federal government to pay for their own auction site when Ebay already exists. They wont ship any of it so that basically counts out 99.9% of buyers. I'd have paid $10 for some random piece of hardware I could say came from the space program, but I sure as hell am not flying to Florida to pick it up. Oh well.

Re:huh? (4, Informative)

confused one (671304) | about 2 years ago | (#41421061)

GSA was doing auctions decades before Ebay existed.

Re:huh? (2)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 2 years ago | (#41421363)

I'd have paid $10 for some random piece of hardware I could say came from the space program

Yes, they should definitely be using eBay to target big spenders like you :-) Never mind, I'm sure your $10 will get you a couple of packs of officially-endorsed freeze-dried ice cream...

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41421419)

You act like eBay has some right to profit for every auction, and particularly every government auction. They don't, though I will admit the way corporations whine these days you'd think that causing them to not make automatic easy money is some kind of crime or something.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41421739)

What this does is eliminate most of the lookie-loos like you, in favor of the real bidders.

You can get your $10 piece of crap from the shuttle program on eBay... after the big boys buy their job lots and divide them up.

Oh, and you'll pay $30 for it. It's the capitalist way (that's not a criticism).

Re:huh? (1)

drkim (1559875) | about 2 years ago | (#41426203)

They wont ship any of it...

I'm not asking for shipping. I just want them to point that SSME in my direction and fire it off...

Re:huh? (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 years ago | (#41426335)

You have to be careful about what you wish for...

robotic arms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41421271)

The robotic arm that comes to mind is the Canada arm but it only works in space. It doesn't have enough power to lift its own weight in gravity much less lift any payload. I'm sure there are other robotic arms though they are probably designed to work in zero gravity as well.

YARD SALE!!!! (1)

MossStan (2635555) | about 2 years ago | (#41421789)

Does anyone else find it disconcerting that our government is having the equivalent of a yard sale?

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41423283)

I can't wait to see what they have to sell. http://www.healthnerdhere.com

go for the small stuff (2)

pbjones (315127) | about 2 years ago | (#41423587)

big stuff gets locked away in private collections and museums, small stuff gets traded and it's 'value' grows.

those robot arms are canadian (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41424489)

and thanks we do make good stuff...

Radio gear (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41424669)

I would love to nab a radio and repurpose it for the ham bands. Yes, the crypto modules would be removed, but it sure would be fun to get on the air with some of that gear.

Me? (1)

kiriath (2670145) | about 2 years ago | (#41426139)

I want a toilet. Do those even work in gravity?

Re:Me? (2)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 years ago | (#41426359)

Yes, but you have to set upside down, i.e. attach it to the ceiling.

Re:Me? (1)

kiriath (2670145) | about a year ago | (#41431995)

Brilliant, I have always wanted a toilet on the ceiling!

Party Fund? (1)

codepunk (167897) | about 2 years ago | (#41426909)

I think the GSA is looking to replenish their party fund.

Oh boy... (1)

ToddInSF (765534) | about a year ago | (#41430931)

Late 70's tech. Thanks, but I think I'll pass !
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