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[i]Thongsay Vongpaseuth can remember the inspiration that put her on the path to being an aerospace engineer: It was in the mid-1980s as a Space Camp attendee and seeing the full mock-up of Dr. Wernher von Braun's last major project with NASA - Skylab - looming over the U.S. Space & Rocket Center display floor.
Now, the Skylab trainer is in pieces, exposed and adjacent to the main rocket park of the Space Center. The one-of-a-kind craft is being slowly worn away by weather damage and it has become a home for birds and rodents.[/i]
[i]Space is considered the final frontier by science fiction and NASA buffs, but for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center the expansion of museum space has to be met to bolster public interest, rocket center managers said Tuesday.
Thousands of space artifacts, unique blueprints and Apollo-era drawings along with personal memorabilia donated by retired aerospace workers wait in storage for the day when the space heritage can be displayed properly, said U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO Larry Capps.[/i]
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