Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness

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Since it came about in the 1930s as the Army's rocket research lab, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been a part of just about every major unmanned U.S. space mission to date. JPL also has a somewhat surprising history of running major missions out of modular trailers scattered around their Pasadena HQ, which are packed with all of the stuff you need to, oh, I don't know, monitor a spacecraft on its way to Mars. Photographer Richard Harrington stumbled upon one of these trailers, abandoned on a dusty lot somewhere between L.A. and Las Vegas, and as you would expect, it's a retro space-tech dream inside.

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Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness

It's a little puzzling as to how something like this could find its way to a derelict desert in the middle of nowhere, but with NASA's budgetary fluctuations, I guess sometimes you have to rip and run. The whole thing has a definite abandoned-seconds-before-the-apocalypse kind of vibe.

Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness
Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness
Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness
Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness
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Illustration for article titled Abandoned NASA Trailer Found Roadside, Full of Retro NASA Awesomeness

If anyone has any idea what kind of machines we're seeing here, fill me in. More pics: [Richard Harrington via FFFFOUND]

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@Brenny:

You're right, Brenny, I noticed the same thing.

[thisisharrington.com]

This picture shows a reflection of a large room with accoustic tiles, and permanently mounted flourescent tubes, much bigger than a trailer interior.

Did he grab the equipment and take them home and take the photos?