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Kennedy Space Center

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S: Kennedy Space Center

FC: Kennedy Space Center NASA

1: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex | The hugh building behind the entrance sign holds a theater where you experience the sound and movement of a shuttle launch. The work area will hold a building displaying the shuttle Atlantis. | Ticket booths with astronauts above.

3: International Space Station mural | Astronaut Encounter building | NASA T-38 | Astronaut Memorial with names of deceased astronauts | Guest Services and grounds | Space Launch Simulation Facility A simulation of a shuttle launch with the noise and motion

4: Happy Astronaut | Unhappy Astronaut (must have been a bad burrito) | Soyuz - first Russian space capsule | Shuttle mock-up used for VIP visitors | Danger, Will Robinson! B9 robot, created for 1965 television series Lost in Space.

5: Rocket garden has eight milestone launch vehicles: the Juno I, Mercury-Redstone, Thor, Mercury-Atlas, Gemini-Titan II, with Saturn IB that launched Apollo Command/Service Modules into Earth orbit for Apollo, Skylab, and the Apollo–Soyuz Test Projection on its side. | Orion, next generation space capsule

6: The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the fourth-largest structure in the world by volume and was the largest when completed in 1965. The VAB is 526 feet tall, 716 feet long and 518 feet wide. There are four entries to the bays located inside the building, which are the four largest doors in the world. Each door is 456 feet (139.0 m) high and takes 45 minutes to completely open or close. | If you look closely at the bottom of the center, white, panel, you will see three tiny doors. These are full size people doors.

7: Shuttle Discovery showing the scars of space travel in the VAB

8: Orbiter Processing Facility Vertical slit in door accommodates shuttle tail | Operations Support Facility | Operations Support Facility contains technical documentation center, library and photo analysis area. | Launch Control Facility behind gravel crawler way. The four-story LCC handles all US flights

9: The Mobile Launcher Platform is a two-story structure used to support the Space Shuttle stack during its transportation from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, as well as serve as the vehicle's launch platform.

10: The crawler-transporters are a pair of tracked vehicles used to transport spacecraft from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. | The crawler- transporters carry vehicles on the Mobile Launcher Platform, and after each launch return to the pad to take the platform back to the VAB. They were used for the Saturn rockets and the Space Shuttles from 1981 to 2011. | The crawler is controlled from two control cabs located at either end of the vehicle, and travels along the 3.5 miles (5.6 km) crawlerway at a maximum speed of 1 mile per hour.

11: The Crawlerway is a 100-foot wide double pathway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It runs between the Vehicle Assembly Building and the two launch pads at Launch Complex 39. It has a length of 3.5 miles to Pad 39A and 4.2 miles to Pad 39B. A seven-foot bed of stones lies beneath a layer of asphalt and a surface made of Alabama river rocks. | The crawler positions the mobile launch platform inside the VAB. The space vehicle is then loaded on the MLP and the crawler than lifts the MLP with vehicle and take it to the launch pad. Space vehicles are actually launched off the MLP.

12: The 60-foot-tall Observation Gantry provides a 360-degree view of the two Shuttle Launch Pads, 39A and 39B, the Launch Control Center, the crawlerway and the Vehicle Assembly Building.

13: Launch Pads 39-A & B from the Observation Gantry. B is being disassembled. Cape Canaveral AFS in the distance.

14: LC-41 and Vertical Integration Building | Cape Canaveral AFS | Cape Canaveral Air Force Station | Vertical Integration Building

15: Port of Cape Canaveral where cruse ships dock | Cape Canaveral AFS has lots of mysterious buildings.

16: Apollo/Saturn V Center The enormous Apollo/Saturn V Center was built to house a restored Saturn V launch vehicle. Beside the Saturn 5, it has the original Mercury Control consoles and the Apollo Control Consoles. It also has a lunar lander, an old astronaut bus and the Apollo 14 capsule. | Apollo Control Center in the firing room theater. | TV camera used at the time

18: Apollo 14 capsule | The Astrovan (early edition)

19: Launch Complex 39 The departure point for all six Apollo manned Moon landing missions using the Saturn V, and was used from 1981–2011 for all Space Shuttle launches. This is Pad A with the mobile launch platform still in place from the last shuttle mission. | 600-foot tall lightning masts and 290-foot water tower The Atlantic Ocean is a few feet away.

20: Launch Pad 39A Visible is the fixed tower, the rotating service structure, the white clean room, the vent cap, the lightning mast, the mobile launch platform and two turkey vultures.

21: The water tower is 290 feet tall and releases water into the flame trench and onto the shuttle engine main exhaust. The flame trench is 58-feet high and 40-feet wide. | Pad 39A | Pad 39B "Deconstructed" to make way for future space vehicle configurations. Only the lightning masts remain.

22: The Kennedy Space Center sits in a wildlife preserve, so eagles, herons, turkey vultures, manatees and alligators abound. The eagle nest is over 25-years old and as big as a refrigerator

23: The launch pads at Kennedy have all have fences around them that curve at the top. The reason is to keep out the alligators. Alligators can climb fences but will fall off at the curve. The picture was taken out of the bus window.

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