GSA and NASA Partner to Preserve Space History
Plexiglas scale model of Apollo command module is an example of artifacts being offered through GSAXcess®.
When the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off into space, it was the second to last trip for a spacecraft that repeatedly made history during the past 25 years. Back on the ground, GSA's property disposal expertise is ensuring that the public can access this history for years to come.
In October 2010, at NASA’s request, GSA's Personal Property Management Program launched the first Web-based electronic artifacts prescreening capability on its GSAXcess® site. The site allows schools, universities, museums, federal agencies, and other eligible organizations to preview, obtain, and eventually display historic artifacts from NASA's space exploration programs.
"Not only are we preserving a critical part of our nation's history, but we are reusing government property in an unexpected way," said Steven J. Kempf, acting Commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Services. "This innovative approach is exactly the type of thinking required to make a more sustainable government."
The artifacts, which include equipment and clothing that have been in space, represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes, and accomplishments from the space shuttle; Hubble space telescope; and the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini missions.
The items are free to eligible recipients, except for shipping costs and any special handling fees, and became available to them in 2011. The prescreening process gives recipients time to plan for the artifacts’ transportation and care.
GSA's Personal Property Management program specializes in helping government agencies acquire and reuse excess property, saving taxpayer dollars while preventing additional waste in the country’s landfills.