Thursday, March 6, 2014

Kennedy Space Center -- Launch pad & more

Recently I had the good fortune of visiting the Kennedy Space Center located on Merritt Island on Florida's Space Coast.  First, I must admit that even for someone who is only somewhat informed on matters regarding space exploration, NASA and so on, I truly enjoyed this amazing place.  Below are a few images captured as we toured the facilities beyond the visitor complex. 

Specifically, the first image is of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and Launch Control Center.

Next is a shot of the 'crawler' that is used to transport the vessel from the VAB to one of the launch sites.  (These two photos were taken from inside the tour bus and, therefore, the image quality was compromised...but, that's ok.)

Below is a shot of Launch Pad 39A located on the Atlantic Ocean and three miles east of the VAB.  This launch complex was used in the six manned Apollo moon landing missions using the Saturn V as well as for all Space Shuttle launches.

Be sure to see tomorrow's post as it will feature a stunning new exhibit at the KSC that leaves visitors speechless.

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