Save The Saturn V!!!
Saturn V Rocket at the Johnson Space Center, is facing an
uncertain future, and needs your fiscal help!
|The Saturn V Rocket at the Johnson Space
Center in Houston Texas... The only complete stack using flyable
The Saturn V on display at Johnson Space Center,
intended for Apollo 18, never got off the ground. It has long outlived its
sisters that did take men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972. That extended life,
however, has brought some uninvited guests to the rocket such as mold and small
Some external surfaces of the Saturn V have broken down and corrosion has
affected internal and external structures. Excessive moisture and poor drainage
throughout the rocket have led to mold and plants growth. Small animals have
found shelter inside the irreplaceable landmark and are responsible for acidic
debris and damage.
Now the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum has begun
preservation efforts on the 363-foot launch vehicle that should add many more
years to the rocket's life.
The Saturn V, from the command module's escape tower to the nozzles of the five
first-stage engines, has been on display outdoors at Johnson Space Center since
1977. It formally became part of the Smithsonian collection in 1978 but remained
at Johnson Space Center.
A grant from the Save America's Treasures program of the National Park Service
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation could provide $1.25 million for
the project. More than half the required dollar-for-dollar matching funds have
been raised from the private sector. Allan Needell, Apollo curator at the
National Air and Space Museum, hopes more donations will allow the Smithsonian
to make full use of the Save America’s Treasures grant.
The Smithsonian has contracted with Conservation Solutions Inc. (CSI) of
Washington, D.C., for initial steps of preservation: thoroughly cleaning all
rocket stages, removing fluids from tanks and lines, proposing and testing
state-of-the art techniques for corrosion removal, surface preparation and
repainting, and starting work to repair damaged components. The work began in
CSI also will provide a temporary temperature- and humidity-controlled building
to protect the Saturn V during the preservation work and until a permanent
indoor display site can be provided. The goal is to save the Saturn V and to
restore it to its original appearance.
Smithsonian curators, conservators, advisors and NASA have been working to
create a comprehensive plan to preserve and protect the Saturn V at Johnson
Space Center for future generations. They have raised enough money to finish the
plan's first phase. If the remaining matching funds can be raised, the job is
scheduled for completion in December.
The Saturn V was first used to carry humans during the Apollo 8 mission, which
orbited the moon in 1968. The rockets were used for all lunar landing missions
and to carry Skylab into orbit in 1973.
Of the three surviving Saturn V launch vehicles, only the spacecraft at Johnson
Space Center is made entirely of rocket stages intended for flight. Three
planned Moon flights, Apollo 18, 19 and 20, were canceled. (Source : www.jsc.nasa.gov)
We encourage everyone to give as they can to funding the
complete restoration of the Saturn V in Houston, Texas.
Send your donation to:
National Air and Space Museum
Saturn V Fund
P.O. Box 23197
Washington, DC 20026
click here for more information (Off-site link to the National Air & Space
The space history community can make a real difference but
time is of the essence. Every day wasted is a day closer to losing this vehicle
to its surroundings. Act now and save this Saturn V.