The new Heroes and Legends exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) melds the old U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which originally was its own facility six miles to the west of KSCVC, with the history of early spaceflight exhibit that used to be onsite at the Visitor Complex. The new exhibit displays artifacts from the Mercury and Gemini programs along with pop culture visions of spaceflight side-by-side with dramatic, high tech 3-D simulations of early space flight […]
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Heroes and Legends at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex remembers the efforts of early space pioneers from the Mercury and Gemini programs. The grand opening on 11 November 2016 brought out many living heroes and legends from the Astronaut Hall of Fame to take part in opening this major new edition to the Visitor Complex. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is part of Heroes and Legends and honors astronauts from all of NASA’s space flight programs. People begin gathering […]
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Future’s past and present meet at the Apollo Saturn V Center where resides one of the last Saturn V rockets. This rocket never flew due to budget cuts ending the Apollo Program early. As a consequence, the large Moon rocket took on a new life as a display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Looking forward over the port wing toward the front of the Atlantis. The open payload bay door overhangs the wing. Atlantis is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
The Apollo 14 command module Kitty Hawk on display at the Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. The Kitty Hawk supported Apollo 14 astronauts Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell on the third Moon landing in 1971.
A leftover Lunar Module designed to ferry two astronauts to a landing on the Moon and then back to their orbiting command ship languishes unused in the Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. Built for the Moon, the craft became the victim of budget cuts that canceled any more Apollo lunar flights after Apollo 17. Hanging near by is the Apollo 13 mission patch. Their Lunar Module never landed on the Moon, either, but instead was used as a […]
The appearance of the Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine H.M.S. Vengeance is enough to believe the ship’s motto, Safe By My Strength. Especially knowing the ship carries 16 Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads. According to the Royal Navy the Vengeance is one of four “. . . of the current Vanguard-class submarines on patrol somewhere in the oceans of the globe, protecting the UK through a credible nuclear deterrent.” These submarines also carry the secret “Letters of Last Resort”, […]
May 5, 2016 has been selected as National Astronaut Day and today is the first annual observance. The day coincides with NASA astronaut Alan Shepard’s historic suborbital flight aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 on May 5, 1961. Riding inside the Freedom 7 Mercury space capsule, Shepard’s quick jaunt took him 116-miles into space before splashing down a little over 300 miles from Cape Canaveral fifteen minutes after launch. A small step heralding bigger things to come. Pictured is John Glenn’s spacesuit on […]
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