Space capsule originally up for auction, now to be donated

The Challenger Learning Center is about to get a donation that’s out of this world.

A space capsule was slated to be auctioned off at the McCracken County Fiscal Court auction on Saturday.

The Civil Air Patrol decided instead to donate it to the Challenger Learning Center.

The Center’s Director says they are excited about transporting the one ton capsule to the center next week.

"We’re not sure of the history yet, but it looks like it might be from an old U.S. Air Force space program. It could be a prototype. It could be a model. We’re pretty sure it hasn’t been to space and for sure it hasn’t helped humans," said Challenger Learning Center Director Mellisa Duncan.

There will be plenty of other items up for grabs at the auction.

The auction starts at 10:00 a.m. at the McCracken County Road Department building at 3700 Coleman Road in Paducah.

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