Gulfport, MS- There are plenty of stories out there about government waste but this one is more egregious than any we have seen in a while.
This summer NASA completed work on a massive $350 million dollar laboratory tower in Mississippi that was designed to test a jet engine in a vacuum that would mimic conditions in space. But immediately after that tower was completed, it was closed down, mothballed, never to be used again. Why? Because the rocket it was designed for was discontinued by the space agency in 2010.
Even so, Congress gave NASA the go ahead to continue building the tower for the next four years. That cost taxpayers an additional $110 million dollars. But the story doesn’t end there. Keeping a building like this in “disuse” is also a costly endeavor. ABC News reports NASA will now spend $700,000 dollars a year to keep the facility shut down.