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Action News uncovers unused buildings costing NASA millions

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Updated: 5/08/2013 6:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Internal investigators at NASA say the space agency is wasting money.

An internal audit obtained by Action News shows NASA is spending $24 million a year on buildings and equipment it does not need.

The audit suggests there are nearly 1,000 buildings not in use.

Some of those buildings are at Kennedy Space Center, relics from the start of the space race.   Other buildings are in Alabama and Nevada.

But a space industry expert says some of the buildings are imperative to maintain.

"There are some NASA facilities that are absolutely needed for our  national defense, hypersonic wind tunnels, we need to maintain as a  nation," says Frank Slazer with the Aerospace Industries Association.

Other facilities include test stands, old buildings used during the space shuttle area, and other buildings.

The memo says NASA is retaining facilities the agency no longer needs  and that is depleting funds for revitalization efforts.

NASA does not have the money to demolish the sites, and the  government does not allow NASA to sell the buildings for cash.

NASA says they are conducting studies, to determine the best ways to  unload unused properties, and consolidate their operations.

NASA owns more than five thousand buildings and more than 124 thousand  acres of property, the value is estimated at $30 billion.
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