June 19, 2012
Some Jack-Ass Shot Up A Saturn V
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
Repair work is now officially underway for the historic Saturn V rocket after suffering gunshot wounds from a drive-by shooter.
The rocket, a National Historic Landmark that is owned by the Smithsonian, was damaged last month when someone decided firing gunshots into the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center was a good idea.
The drive-by shooter shot bullets that penetrated the windows of the Davidson Center, striking the rocket that is famous for NASA's Apollo and Skylab programs. The bullets caused about $7,000 worth of damage to the vehicle.
"We're still determining how that will be paid," Tim Hall, the space center's strategist, said in a statement to Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times.
Several school groups were touring the museum the day of the shooting, but no one was injured by the perpetrator.
Conservation Services will be performing the repair work on the historic space vehicle. This Santa Fe, New Mexico-based company has conducted restoration work on multiple Saturn V rockets.
"We're working closely with the Smithsonian and Marshall to work within the guidelines" for repairs to a National Historic Landmark, Hall said in a statement.
Officials with the Space and Rocket Center said during the restoration, Conservation Services will be using paints and materials from the original period of the rocket.
"All period and application appropriate paints and materials will be used in the restoration," Ed Stewart II, the center's director of exhibits and curation, said in a statement.
They said that the restoration work on the rocket should be completed by Tuesday afternoon. Police are still investigating the incident, but have not named any suspects.