Retired Space Shuttle Discovery In Disrepair, Needs Urgent Tune-Up
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — Joe Furly, the grizzled old head mechanic at Joe’s Shuttle Repair looked at the Discovery space vessel before him and shook his head.
“As usual, those NASA guys waited way too long before coming to see me,” he said shaking his head. “The plastic sticker on the windshield clearly states it should have come in for a 49,000 point inspection, booster rocker alignment and oil change after 3 million miles and look, the odometer shows it’s 5,737,246 miles later. They even ran out of windshield washer anti-freeze for cripes sake!”
Joe pointed up to the vehicle on the hoist. “Look at all the stains on the undercarriage. That’s evidence of leaks… oil, tranny fluid, brake fluid, rocket fuel. You can’t know until you tear it all down. Better to catch these things during regularly scheduled maintenance. Jeez, I even gave them a coupon for 15% off labor.”
“As I said,” Joe continued, shaking his head in resignation, “It’s the same old story. Shuttle owners always try and cut corners on maintenance, and now they’re faced with paying for a pricy rental over at Hertz Rent-A-Shuttle. How much are they really saving?”