NASA says it is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to begin registering to screen potential space shuttle artifacts.
Space agency officials said the artifacts represent significant spaceflight technologies, processes and accomplishments of the shuttle program.
NASA officials said there are partnering with the General Services Administration to ensure broad access to potential shuttle artifacts through a first of its kind, Web-based electronic artifacts prescreening capability.
“Only a few hundred items will be initially screened, but thousands of other items will be added periodically until all artifacts have been screened,” NASA said in a statement. “Each artifact will be screened for 90 days. Once the screening period closes, requestors will be notified about the status of their request.
“Prescreening allows potential recipients to identify specific items and provides the time to plan to transport, preserve and properly display artifacts,” officials said.
More information about the types of artifacts that may become available can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/transition.
The Web-based artifacts prescreening module may be accessed at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.