Jake Wimberley's License Plates
Alabama: First to the Moon
Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was the site of much of the U.S.'s missile research and development following World War II and the acquisition of German scientists and their missile expertise (part of Operation Paperclip). The technology eventually was integrated into space applications, and Marshall Space Flight Center was established at the Arsenal. The Saturn series of rockets, developed at Marshall, launched the astronauts of the Apollo program into space, where they landed on the moon.
This plate commemmorates Alabama's role in the "space race." It is an optional issue, meaning it is an option given to motorists over a standard plate for an additional registration fee. The additional fees from optional plates usually help fund a charitable cause, in this case, the US Space and Rocket Center Foundation.
Alabama renewal decals have a serial number containing the county code. This plate's decal shows number 47, or Madison County, where Huntsville, Redstone, MSFC, and the US Space and Rocket Center are located.
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