Photos via Coney Island History Project.

Yesterday the alerts went out that Coney Island redevelopment's latest target, the Astroland Rocket, needed a home...and fast! The Coney Island History Project contacted us to say that they, along with Astroland staffers, "have been working feverishly for the past month to find a museum or other venue willing and able to take the rocket. Preferably in Coney Island, or at least Brooklyn...Several museums wanted it but had to decline due to lack of space or logistical issues. Several are still considering the offer."

It seems like just yesterday the futuristic rocket was taking passengers on the ride of their lives. The NY Post's Justin Rocket Silverman was appropriately assigned to the beat, and notes that The Astroland Rocket is more than a decoration, and was actually one of the first virtual-reality rides.