By Libby Lewis, CNN
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(CNN) – The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has, well, a space issue.
It boils down to having too much stuff, and not enough space. The difference is – when you or I have too much stuff, we can put it in the attic, give it away – or throw it away.
The Smithsonian’s extra stuff might be a B-17 bomber. A cargo plane. Or a bunch of space suits. That’s because the Air and Space Museum is the attic for America’s space endeavors.
Peter Jakab is associate director of collections and curatorial affairs for the Museum. He says, after the space shuttle program ended in 2011, “NASA just sort of gave us…thousands of objects – everything from space suits to personal equipment to checklists to watches.”
Over time, the museum’s curators determine what’s critical to its collections, and what can go. But they are curators – not Craigslist. So they can only go to museums or other institutions that can take care of the bomber, or the helicopter – or the space suit.
You can see the current list the current list on the Air and Space Museum’s website.