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garyd2831
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posted 10-15-2015 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred Haise and the great folks at the Infinity Science Center have teamed up with Kickstarter and launched a 30-day campaign to raise funds for a final resting location and preservation efforts needed to save the Saturn V first stage currently located at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The project is the move the first stage from its current location to its new home located at the Infinity Science Center, a NASA visitor center, located just down the road from the Stennis Space Center in Pearlington, Mississippi.

Any help to preserve this national treasure would be greatly appreciated. You can find more information regarding this Kickstarter campaign here.

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posted 10-16-2015 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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'Back the Booster': Museum crowdfunding move of final Saturn V rocket stage

Forty-five years ago Friday (Oct. 16), NASA's last-ever Saturn V rocket stage arrived back at its birthplace.

The 138-foot-long (42 m) S-IC first stage, which served as the engine-tipped "business end" of the three-stage Apollo moon booster, was shipped by river barge to the Michoud Assembly Facility outside of New Orleans after being test fired at the Mississippi Test Facility (now Stennis Space Center) for a final time. Originally built to launch Apollo 19 to the moon, the mission was canceled and the stage was deemed no longer needed.

Now, on the anniversary of its arrival home, a new mission is underway to return the S-IC stage to Stennis, where it will undergo conservation and be put on public display by the INFINITY Science Center. The museum, which is also the visitor center for Stennis, has now launched "Back the Booster," a Kickstarter project to crowdfund the $500,000 needed to move the S-IC back to Mississippi.

AstronautBrian
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posted 04-20-2016 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read some exciting news for folks in my area. The Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi will soon receive a restored Saturn V first stage complete with five engines for display. According to this news article, it will arrive at the center sometime in mid-May.

I'll keep an eye on it to see when it is officially opened/dedicated and will try to attend. If anyone has further details, please share.

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onesmallstep
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posted 04-20-2016 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! I'm sure Fred Haise and others involved in the center's design and operation will keep adding more exhibits. One more reason for me to travel to that part of the country to visit.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-20-2016 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AstronautBrian:
...will soon receive a restored Saturn V first stage
A slight correction: they will be receiving the S-IC and then will need to restore it. When it arrives, it will be in the same (poor) condition it is now at the Michoud Assembly Facility.

AstronautBrian
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posted 04-20-2016 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, well. I know the old visitor's center had the Apollo 4 command module that has yet to be put on display. When I inquired about it, I was told it was in storage and at some time will be put back out on display. This was about this time last year when I was there.

I look forward to seeing both soon. Hopefully, any future event to dedicate the Saturn stage will have an appearance from Fred Haise.

tncmaxq
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posted 04-21-2016 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would make the trip just to see Apollo 4 on display. I hope the public will be able to see it again some time.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-21-2016 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 4 command module is on display at Stennis Space Center in the former visitor center. The area is accessible to employees and those on tours of the space center.

AstronautBrian
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posted 04-21-2016 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's kind of a shame. It isn't on the public tour; the bus just passes by and points out the former StennisSphere and where von Braun's office was located, but does not stop. By space center tours, I assume you mean "behind the scenes" VIP tours. The Apollo 4 capsule was my favorite thing to see at the old StennisSphere. It should be displayed to the public!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-21-2016 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At present the doors at Stennis are not large enough to accommodate moving the Apollo 4 CM, but I am told they are working to address that.

Fra Mauro
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posted 04-22-2016 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that they failed to reach the donation goal. Is there still a way to contribute?

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