A little more than a month ago, the final landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis marked the end of the Space Shuttle program. We followed the story pretty closely here on the OWC Blog, mostly in relation to our friends over at The Last Shuttle Project. Well, now we have a nice little postscript to the saga.
On Monday, Aug. 15, the eighth batch of artifacts from NASA’s various programs were made available on a website that the agency and the General Services Administration (GSA) developed.
This batch of artifacts not only included items from the Space Shuttle program, but the Apollo, Mercury, and Hubble Space Telescope programs as well.
To date, approximately 29,000 items of historic significance have been offered, mainly from the shuttle, with contributions from the Hubble, Apollo, Mercury, Gemini, and International Space Station programs. Approximately 3,000 artifacts have been requested. The remainder will be considered for federal and state reuse and then offered to the general public for sale.
For more information about these artifacts and how they’re distributed, you may want to check out the NASA Artifact site; there’s a lot more information there.