Alabama museum to restore full-sized mockup of space shuttle

Alabama museum to restore full-sized mockup of space shuttle
A Space Camp graduation can be seen in this file photo. The world’s only full-sized mockup of the space shuttle with an external fuel tank and twin rocket boosters is about to undergo a massive restoration.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama says it will restore the world’s only full-sized mockup of the space shuttle with an 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 and additional corporate donations.

A 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 multimillion project will take several years to remove the display, refurbish it and replace it on a giant concrete stand.

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