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For rent: NASA centre, all mod cons, lots of space

David Usborne in London

Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00

Fifty years after John Glenn ushered in an era of American supremacy in space by orbiting the Earth, NASA is fishing for tenants to rent disused facilities at its Kennedy Space Centre.

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The admission by NASA that it has hung a "for rent" sign over much of what it owns at the launch campus on Cape Canaveral, Florida, is only the latest symbol of the vanishing of its glory days made most obvious by the mothballing of its shuttle fleet last year.

Also celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Space Centre now has only 7,500 NASA employees, compared with the 18,000 working there at its peak.

Facilities now being offered for rent include its 457-metre runway, one of its two launch pads, the giant caterpillar crawler that was used to move the shuttles back and forth, numerous hangars and the iconic and extremely large Vehicle Assembly Building with the NASA badge on its side.

"I have a lot of facilities that we, NASA, no longer need," Kennedy's director Robert Cabana said. (© Independent News Service)

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