Shuttle Atlantis take-off

Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope Credit: Chris Boex / MyFOX photo

NASA has told museums around the country that they can have a genuine space shuttle if they’re willing to pay $42 million, according to the Houston Chronicle .

That’s NASA’s price tag for cleaning up each of the three remaining shuttles — now scheduled to be retired in 2010 — and delivering one to an airport near the museum. It includes $6 million for shipping and handling.

About 20 institutions, including a group of bidders led by Space Center Houston, are reportedly interested, but no decisions have been made.

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