U.S. Space and Rocket Center seeking help with preserving rockets

U.S. Space and Rocket Center seeking help preserving historic rockets

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - It's time to rehabilitate and preserve the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's collection of historic rockets, which symbolize our space program and why Huntsville is the Rocket City.

The center needs your help to complete the massive project.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $20 million to preserve and relocate the historic rockets that are part of rocket park closer to the Saturn 5, which they call Huntsvilles most iconic landmark.

The Space and Rocket Center also hopes to restore the Saturn 5 replica in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing in July of 2019.

Work to begin taking these rockets down for restoration began Monday morning starting with the Mercury Redstone.

You can click here to donate to the campaign or visit their website. You can also contact the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Education Foundation at 256-721-5425.

CEO Deborah Barnhart tells us that you'll actually be able to see the restoration process in action.

Like most museums, people are very interested in what goes in to caring for objects that are really old or really special. So this is really a unique opportunity for visitors to see behind the scenes so to speak about how were going to do the rocket restoration. And of course theres so many other things to do at the rocket center. Theyre not going to miss much. said Barnhart.

Copyright 2018 WAFF. All rights reserved.