From the interpretive panel at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Hand Casts of Apollo Astronauts International Latex Corporation – 1960s Hand and body casts were made to create custom-made spacesuits for each astronaut’s shape. A set of three suits with custom gloves were made for each astronaut; one to be used for training, one to be used for flight, and a third as a backup suit in the event of damage to one of the others. The hand casts […]
Announced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, Space Station Freedom was never built but it did give way to multiple design changes over the years to finally morph into the International Space Station. This image from the black & white negative archive shows the duel keel design of Space Station Freedom, which was popular back in 1986, in a display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Note this exhibit shows the Space Shuttle, which would have been used to […]
The spacecraft of the near future that will take astronauts back into Earth orbit and beyond are on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Space Launch System (SLS) that is under development is capable of lifting heavy payloads into Earth orbit or on trajectories to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The SLS will launch the Orion spacecraft, which is capable of carrying astronauts to Mars. On display is the Orion spacecraft used for the Exploration Flight Test-1 […]
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A flock of vultures soar near the mock life-size External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters on display in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at sunset.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex temporarily exhibited one of the side boosters from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight, which first flew on the CRS-9 International Space Station resupply mission and then flew again for a second time on Falcon Heavy. Both flights saw the booster landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Here the Octaweb of Merlin engines can be seen at the base of the rocket, which is heavily charred from its launch, […]
A NASA television helicopter, partially obscured by a Mercury-Redstone standing in the Rocket Garden, makes a couple of passes over the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This was seen on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, while waiting for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch.
Pointy end up is the motif in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Rocket Garden. In the foreground, the launch abort tower of a reclining Saturn 1B booster juts out protectively over the Apollo Command Module it would haul to safety in the event of a failure during the early part of launch. At bottom left is the pyramid-like mock-up of an Apollo Command Module that visitors can enter for the vicarious thrill of what it must have felt like […]
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.