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The U.S. Space and Rocket Center will use the funds to stabilize, conserve, repair, and restore the Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator. Fabricated from wood and steel by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 1977, the simulator played a fundamental role in the beginning of the nation's Space Shuttle Program. It will be removed from its current position as part of the Pathfinder Shuttle Full-Stack, original elements will be treated, missing elements will be fabricated, historic markings will be replaced, and eventually the Pathfinder will be exhibited to the public at ground level under protective housing. The project will be matched with $747,000 in non-federal share.