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launch pads and other sites
at Kennedy Space Center


Here are some scenes from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which have a rich history of rocket and shuttle launches on Florida's Space Coast. Click on each photo to see a larger version; hit "back" on your browser to return to this page.

Other space pages on Sky Diary: launch photos | short movie of shuttle launch

On January 27, 1967, at Kennedy Space Center, a fire at Pad 34 during a test killed astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee. Here are scenes from that abandoned launch pad. Images from slides. Historic Mercury missions launched from Pad 14. The first photo is a view looking up at the domed blockhouse, which adjoined the launch area. The second is a shot looking down from the top of the blockhouse. The shadows are those of visitors to the Kennedy Space Center open house. Images from slides.


The Vehicle Assembly Building is big. Really big. Big enough to accommodate the moon rockets of the '60s. A space shuttle takes up a small fraction of the space inside. Here, fog creeps around its base, and a close-up view means a visitor is looking straight up. Images from slides. Inside the VAB, it's even more difficult to judge its size. A big, orange-colored space shuttle hydrogen tank and the tops of rocket boosters await assembly. Images from slides.


The crawlerway, which runs the length of the photo, is how shuttles are transported to launch pads 39A and 39B. The crawlers move toward the pads at one mile per hour. NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building is visible at left in the distance. Image from slide. Here's a view of the old Kennedy Space Center lighthouse. Image from slide. Lightning arrestors surround a rocket launch pad. Image from slide.


At the Saturn V center, tourists can see a re-creation of the Apollo 8 launch in a control room with genuine computer consoles from the time. They also get to see a Saturn V moon rocket, restored in all its gigantic glory, in the adjoining hangar. Images from slides. Sunset in Kennedy Space Center's rocket garden suggests the fiery light of launches. A cloudy day makes the rockets look silver. Images from slides.


go to the launch page | go to the stars page
see a short shuttle movie | go to the gallery for storms and more