A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.
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.
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 […]
These images are from old slides dating back to the early 1980s taken at Kennedy Space Center. Sadly, even when the images were new the quality was not good since they were taken with a small box camera with a rather funky lens. What makes the images interesting is when they were taken at the beginning of the Shuttle era there are some remnants from the Apollo Program still visible in the form of one of the Saturn V gantries […]
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NBC News correspondent Jay Barbree has covered every launch carrying astronauts into space from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station going all the way back to the Mercury and Gemini programs, through the Apollo Moon landings, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and, finally, all 135 Space Shuttle missions. The night of 22 August 2014 he was at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida to sign copies of his new book, Neil Armstrong: A Life of […]
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The Air Force Space and Missile History Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station currently is featuring an exhibit on Space Monkey toys, which is, as most of their temporary exhibits are, very well done and thorough. While launching monkeys into space paved the way for human spaceflight, it is well worth remembering a lot of these early pioneers were lost in accidents, especially in flight by the rocket blowing up, or subjected to intentional harm to gauge the limits […]
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