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[b]She's Just Rotting Away[/b]
June 27, 2007
The USSRC Skylab Restoration Effort is still on hold. Nothing has been done in 7 months to save her. This bit of US space history just keeps rotting away.
The USSRC wants $2,000,000 dollars for a new building before work to save Skylab can start again. In not much time little will be worth saving. They need to move Skylab (the space she sits now will be a parking lot for the new Saturn V Building). The location is TBD. They taped up the MDA today but the weather covering on the 1st deck has failed again exposing it to rain, dust, etc.
The USSRC is looking for $2,000,000 to erect a new Shuttle building (they have the USAF temp shelter to be used if an Orbiter ever had to land after an emergency in an area without facilities, like from a TAL) in hopes of getting an orbiter (they have talked about getting for the Enterprise from the National Air and Space Museum in Dulles VA). With 3 flight Orbiters available in 2.5 years, it's sure one will go to JSC, one will stay at KSC and one will go to the National Air and Space Museum Annex in Dulles VA.
Maybe the chance of an Orbiter is more important than Skylab, maybe not. We are going to ask the BOD of a major National Technical Society if they will fund the new building. But no promises.
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