Alabama Museum to Restore Full-Sized Mock-up of Space Shuttle

UsspacerocketcenterHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville says it will restore the world’s only full-size mockup of the space shuttle along with its external fuel tank and twin rocket boosters. The project announced Tuesday will restore a display that’s been weathering outside the state-run museum in Huntsville for more than 30 years. The work is being funded with a $500,000 federal grant along with corporate donations. The shuttle test model called Pathfinder was mated with a huge fuel tank and two prototype solid-rocket boosters and has been displayed outside the museum since 1988. The restoration project will take several years to complete.

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