The set NASA gave to NSU is comprised of about 40 pieces of space paraphernalia, including a titanium switch board, space food, an Apollo era glove, a shuttle laptop, spacesuit boots and, most notably, a $1.2 million computer.
With the swan song of NASA’s Space Shuttle program sung with the flight of STS-135 (Atlantis) in July of last year, financial prospects for NASA look grim. With an economy in dire straits and little to spare, the retirement of the Space Shuttle has led to a stagnation of space flight options for the agency that sent a man to the moon in the depths of the Cold War.
On April 19, NASA will launch its last Space Shuttle Endeavor mission. When the shuttle returns on May 3, Heidi Mederos and Richard Sung, freshmen biology majors, will perform a series of experiments on tin crystals that the shuttle will bring back.