Free space shuttle engine

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The NYT reports that NASA has cut the price of used space shuttles to $28.8 million, plus what I imagine is some rather expensive transportation. I'm also having some trouble figuring out how you're going to get it to the Space Shuttle shop to be checked out by their mechanic.

The main engines on the other hand, are a different story:

As for the space shuttle main engines, those are now free. NASA advertised them in December 2008 for $400,000 to $800,000 each, but no one expressed interest. So now the engines are available, along with other shuttle artifacts, for the cost of transportation and handling.

Space shuttle main engines appear to be relatively compact, around 5'x15' and 7000 lb, so about the size/mass of a Cadillac Escalade, but with exponentially worse gas mileage. Seems like you could get one onto a flatbed and have it shipped to your house for around $1000. Not sure what you'd do with it, though; maybe speed up your 4th of July BBQ.

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Don't trust their guy at their so-called "Shuttle Shop". Take it to a good independent shop for a once-over before you agree to buy.

I think the Mythbusters could probably figure out a use for one or two.

Also, are you sure the gas mileage is worse than an Escalade? Especially if it's just the engine on a rocket with no significant payload. Sure, it burns a lot of gas, but it also goes really far.

So.. Where do I sign up for an engine? Cause. I totally want one.

So this is your way of telling Mrs Guesswork that you have changed your mind on the bike and are thinking of this instead?

Give it up man. No way is she going to let you build a rocket car.

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