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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-07-2014 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Decatur Daily reports that the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is working with the Alabama Department of Transportation to pressure-wash and paint the Apollo Saturn IB rocket on vertical display along Interstate 65.
The state Tourism Department will fund the project.

"The rocket presents a great perception of our state to visitors," Space and Rocket Center spokesman Tim Hall said. "We want it to show the thrill and excitement of the state and the rocket program."

...the welcome center opened in 1977. NASA donated the rocket to the state in 1979 but still works with the state on its upkeep. A fence was added around the rocket recently to prevent graffiti, officials said.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2014 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times offers an update on the efforts to clean up the Saturn IB rocket:
The USSRC is working with the Alabama Tourism Department to get the money to pressure wash and paint the rocket, which will take more than 100 gallons to prime and paint.

[Pat Ammons, scholarship manager and media liaison for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center] said the USSRC is putting out bids to determine the cost of the project.

"After our grant request is approved, we would move forward with pressure washing the rocket," she said. "The project will require scaffolding, a special lift and multiple man hours to get the rocket cleaned and painted."

Shortly after the rocket was painted in 2006, Ammons said a chain-link fence was added around the landmark because of problems with graffiti.

Officials hope to replace the fence with benches and reader rails featuring information about the state's role in the space program.

"But that is a project that would also cost a good deal of money," Ammons said. "We would welcome any donors who would like to help us with the cost of maintaining the rocket or in placing benches and railings."

Fra Mauro
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posted 07-01-2014 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can individuals donate?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-16-2016 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center has announced that for every admission ticket sold at the center, $1 will be put into a restoration fund for the Saturn IB, WHNT News 19 reports.
The center is taking bids to repair the rocket base immediately. According to [U.S. Space and Rocket Center Director of Communications Pat] Ammons, repairs to the base will cost upwards of $15,000. From there, the center will bring restoration experts to the Ardmore location as well as the Space and Rocket Center to create an extensive long term restoration process.

...in addition to ticket contributions, the center is reaching out to the community to help the effort. The center is welcoming people to donate to the cause. Soon, they will unveil an Adopt an Artifact program where people can truly have a hand in the restoration process for their community. The center is also asking for assistance from anyone who has an industrial crane to help in the restoration process.

mikej
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I have no other information, but while emailing with the manager of the Ardmore Welcome Center on another matter I was told that they "are in the process of cleaning the Rocket."

I'll be in Huntsville at the end of the month and early November and had already planned on stopping off to see the Saturn IB, so I look forward to seeing its new paint job.

AlanLawrie
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posted 10-07-2016 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanLawrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very good with a scrubbing brush and tin of paint.

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