My dream of one day conquering a distant planet took a giant leap forward today when I discovered that anybody can stroll over to NASA and get a free space shuttle engine.
Can’t scrape together nearly $29 million, but still want a taste of outer space? You can now get an actual engine from the shuttle for free, as long as you cover the costs of moving and housing the eight-foot-diameter, four-ton behemoths. The AP reported on Saturday that NASA tried to sell them for $400,000 to $800,000 apiece in December 2008, but got no offers and is now literally giving them away.
Four tons is nothing. I've been eating Wheaties for a few weeks and recently stepped up my workout weights from two to five pounds. I'm more worried about my space suit. As of now, the only thing I have is an old rain jacket with two giant trash bags duct taped to the bottom.
[via Savvy Shopper]