As crazy as that headline looks, we may be reading something like it soon after the Shuttle Program ends. The facilities may not be for sale, but just this week I saw that NASA’s Kennedy Space Center facilities may become available for space-related commercial use following the end of the Space Shuttle Program.
“Kennedy [Space Center] has been working for some time to enable commercial space activities at the center that are in line with NASA’s mission,” Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana said. “Partnering with the commercial space industry will help NASA meet its goals and help sustain facility assets to support our nation’s space objectives.”
Listen to the list of facilities that may be available: : Launch Pads 39A and 39B, the Vehicle Assembly Building, Orbiter Processing Facilities and the Shuttle Landing Facility.
We won the Space Race using those facilities. It seems almost impossible to imagine that such facilities could ever come to be in the hands of anyone other than NASA.
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