As the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, a special PPG Colorful Communities project at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), has helped to commemorate the incredible feat. Approximately 150 employees from PPG, USSRC and Boeing, volunteered their time to paint sections of the stunning 111-metre-tall Saturn V rocket replica and other highly visited areas around the centre. PPG provided almost 1,300 litres of specialised products from its Protective & Marine, Aerospace and Architectural coatings businesses to complete the project, while the PPG Foundation also granted $15,000 to USSRC for Aviation Challenge scholarships. The USSRC is located at Huntsville, Alabama, which was often referred to as ‘Rocket City U.S.A.’ due to its key role in the development of the immensely powerful propulsion system on the Saturn V rocket which would be instrumental in taking man to the moon.
“Visitors from around the world will visit Huntsville this month to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 first moon landing, and we are grateful to PPG for helping us restore our Saturn V replica to its full glory,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO, USSRC. “We are in awe of the generous spirit of PPG’s employees and know their efforts will make a lasting impact on the centre’s hundreds of thousands of guests each year.”