Editor's note:In order to display their Saturn V, the folks U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville are going to remove the star grain "mass dummy" located inside the Apollo Launch Escape System (LES) and discard it. According to a local source "The thing is so similar to the actual fuel, it shows up the same on a mass spectrometer." These photos (below) show the motor (full of star shape propellant simulant) that they are going to destroy.
Reader note: "Looks like it's now too late. The LES is mounted back on the Apollo Boilerplate in the new museum. What a loss."
According to another local source "One important point: this Apollo boilerplate and LES belong to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum - not the USSRC. If the Smithsonian wants to save it they need to act fast. Because this hardware was sitting at MSFC for 30 years or more, NASA MSFC traded it with the USSRC for the last NERVA motor (complete with turbo pumps) for use by NASA's advanced propulsion team. No one talked to NASM about this."
The Continued Rotting of Skylab, earlier post