Huntsville rocket museum laying off workers amid pandemic
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Kam Brown photographs the Saturn 1B Rocket at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 65 on April 2, 2014 in Ardmore, Ala. The paint is faded, and black mold and algae cover the bottom. Birds use the rocket’s crevices for nests, and their droppings are everywhere. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is working with the Alabama Department of Transportation to get it pressure-washed and painted this summer. The state Tourism Department will fund the project. (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Gary Cosby Jr.)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s state-owned space museum has permanently cut more than a third of its workforce because of the coronavirus pandemic.

News outlets report the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville has laid off more than 100 of its 280 full-time employees. A spokesperson says most of its remaining workers also are on furlough. The museum hopes to reopen next week since the state has loosened restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The museum’s popular Space Camp could resume partial operations next month.

Both the museum and Space Camp have been shut down since mid-March.

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