Repair Work Starts on Saturn V Rocket
[6-18-12] HUNTSVILLE, AL-Repair work started this morning on damages done to the historic Saturn V rocket last month when someone fired gunshots into the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Bullets pierced three windows in the Davidson Center on May 3 and hit the rocket twice.
Tim Hall, the space center's strategist, said today the repair project should be finished by noon Tuesday.
The bullets caused roughly $7,000 in damages. "We're still determining how that will be paid," he said.
Joseph Sembrat, the president and senior conservator at Conservation Solutions Inc., is performing the repairs.
The rocket, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the Smithsonian and is on loan to Marshall Space Flight Center, and Marshall "has entrusted it to us to display here," Hall said. "We're working closely with the Smithsonian and Marshall to work within the guidelines" for repairs to a National Historic Landmark.
Conservation Solutions has offices in Sante Fe, N.M., and Washington, D.C.
The company handled the original restoration of the rocket, Hall said. It also oversaw the disassembly, relocation and reassembly of the rocket at the Davidson Center.
Conservation Solutions stabilized and restored the Saturn V rocket located at the entrance to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
"All period and application appropriate paints and materials will be used in the restoration," said Ed Stewart II, the center's director of exhibits and curation.