- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

ARDMORE, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Space and Rocket Center says the Saturn 1B Rocket at the Ardmore Welcome Center is in need of restoration.

WHNT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/232PR61) the rocket has towered over Interstate 65 since 1979. However, center spokesman Pat Ammons says the rocket isn’t aging gracefully. Mold is creeping up the bottom of the structure and wooden panels are rotting at the base.

The center is now taking bids to repair the rocket base, which Ammons says may cost $15 thousand. From there, the center will bring in restoration experts to create an extensive, long-term restoration process.

Ammon says for every ticket sold at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, one dollar will be put into the restoration fund. The center is also welcoming people to donate to the cause.

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Information from: WHNT-TV, https://whnt.com/

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