Museum shrugs as Atlas rocket lies wrecked

Such a sad ending for such a proud piece of history.

“What has happened to the rocket is what we understood would happen to it in the absence/failure of a compressor to constantly maintain internal pressure: it is crumpling under its own weight … ”

The rocket maintained its shape with pressurized air tanks, but since these began leaking the museum had been pumping in air from a compressor. It stopped pumping when the rocket came down.