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Robert Pearlman
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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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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."

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