Apollo replica lands at Carnarvon

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Geoff VivianMidwest Times
VideoFull-scale replica of Redstone rocket used in the Apollo space missions is erected at Carnarvon’s Space and Technology Museum.

Carnarvon’s Space and Technology Museum has its own rocket.

A mobile crane from Norwest Crane Hire, Port Hedland, erected the full-scale replica of the Redstone rocket used in the Apollo space missions yesterday.

Museum chairman Phil Youd said it would become a Carnarvon “icon”.

“If people are driving by they will see it and hopefully come into the museum and then spend an extra day in town,” he said.

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Carnarvon Shire has agreed to contribute $10,000 to the cost of flying retired NASA flight director Gerry Griffin from Houston Texas for the rocket’s official opening on May 19 and 20.

Shire President Karl Brandenburg said bringing someone who played a key role in the Apollo moon missions would help draw attention to the event, and to Carnarvon.

“The museum ticks major boxes for tourism for Carnarvon,” he said.

“There are so many people that visit the museum now, it’s got worldwide interest.

“We are overwhelmed with the numbers who go to visit it, particularly during the winter months the museum is a huge economic driver for tourism.”

Mr Youd said the Museum was still installing lights and painting the rocket, but as a static outdoor display visitors could see it right now.

VIDEO: Courtesy Shire of Carnarvon

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