The space agency routinely gives away unused equipment or other miscellaneous space-related items, and this time they are looking to get rid of an Apollo-era Saturn rocket. Here’s the catch: It’s free, but you have to pay the shipping cost of $250 000 (R3,636 775)!
The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Alabama, who were big role players in the developing of the Saturn rockets that powered the Apollo rocket program, has announced that they have a “Saturn 1 Block 1 Booster portion of a Saturn rocket stack up,” according to cnet.com. The Saturn 1 was the US’ first heavy-lift rocket, and the first version of Saturn 5 that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to space in 1969.
Astronomy enthusiasts will also be delighted to know that this Saturn 1 rocket was never used again since its initial standard test launches.
Any individual is allowed to take on this historical piece, but it is most likely that a museum, university or other institution will be the new home of a real life rocket.