Astronaut hangout in Houston area sold

HOUSTON The hangout in the Houston area has been sold and is closing after nearly 30 years serving the NASA crowd. Tourists also stopped by to admire the autographed astronaut photos and space suits adorning the walls and ceiling.

Owner Stephanie Foster says the bar will shut down next month. Foster received confirmation last week that the property has been sold. She expects a gas station or shopping center will be the next tenant.

Foster says she wants to make sure she has enough time to plan a proper send-off for the NASA staff.

Rocket scientists used to sketch ideas on napkins. Astronauts were known to stop by the Outpost Tavern after returning from missions.

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