A Florida woman discovered NASA documents, which included photographs of classified aerospace projects, in trash outside her home, according to Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG News 6.
Yvette Quinn, who is a reportedly a Navy veteran, found the pile of documents in a neighbor’s trash can a few weeks ago and turned them over to WKMG. The house is apparently up for sale, according to the TV station’s footage.
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Quinn was concerned about what she had found because the records included a list of scientists that had secret and top secret clearances. The documents also had the social security number of each scientist listed beside the name in plain view, which could’ve led to identity theft. Quinn said it was “scary” because all the secret information was sitting there in the trash can.
However, she didn’t realize at first that the list of names and social security numbers wasn’t the only sensitive information she had found. The documents included early test results of aerospace models and drones. Photos and manuals from the NASA space program were also hidden in the piles of documents.
Other records were related to drone tests at the Martin Marietta Corporation. The company was founded in 1961 and focused on chemicals, aerospace, and electronics. Martin Marietta later went on to merge with Lockheed Corporation in March 1995 to form the aerospace company Lockheed Martin.