Found: Designs for a Secret 1960s NASA Craft, Left on the Curb

They included designs for early drones and lunar modules.

A design of a lunar module.
A design of a lunar module. NASA/WKMG

Yvette Quinn happened to catch sight of a cache of NASA documents that were just sitting in the trash in her neighborhood in Florida. When she rescued them from the curb, she found that the stack included some amazing documents—designs for lunar explorers, a pass for a 1999 shuttle launch, and, most disturbingly, a list of aerospace engineers with top secret clearance, along with their social security numbers.

The documents seem to have belonged to a G.H. Hampton, who worked at the contractor Martin Marietta for many years.

The NASA documents included test results, early aerospace models, and designs for some of the first drones.

Quinn, a retired Navy aviation electrician, realized the value of what she had found and shared her discovery with a local news station; the station donated some of the most valuable finds to the American Space Museum, in Titusville, Florida. Now, the museum has both the model of a 1960s lunar excursion model and the rendering of the design on paper.