Years ago at the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program and long before the International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex used to have a mockup of a future space station complete with animatronic astronauts. The idea was this is something the Space Shuttle would help to build although it looked a little sci-fi to keep it interesting. Sadly, this large station would not be built but the exhibit was fun. You know they are in space because the […]
The Reusable Launch Vehicle Hanger, located at the south end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, is used for a diverse number of activities, including storage of NASA helicopters used at Kennedy Space Center as seen here. One of the buildings most memorable uses was the collection and reconstruction of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia during the accident investigation. The event is commemorated with the STS-107 logo on the building. Space Florida currently manages the facility under contract with NASA.
Photos from a fast moving bus ride through the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center made worse by the dark tint of the windows. The Shuttle Landing Facility is currently managed by Space Florida under an agreement with NASA. The runway is the dark tarmac at left. Seventy-eight space shuttle landings took place here during the life of the program. The air traffic control tower at midfield is at right. At left is the space shuttle mockup named “Inspiration” […]
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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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.
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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A new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex honors the fallen astronauts of STS-51L lost on the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 lost on the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. Two sides of a hallway feature personal items from each seven person crew. The far wall is adorned with a quote from Ronald Reagan, President at the time of the Challenger accident, “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to […]
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The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on 30 May 2015 started at 2:00 p.m. under the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Being inducted were, from left to right, Kent Rominger, Rhea Seddon, Steve Lindsey, and John Grunsfeld. Also on hand for the event were a large number of astronauts gong all the way back to the beginning of the Apollo program. Unfortunately, the Atlantis exhibit, while being symbolically appropriate, is not […]
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The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is celebrating its birthday this month. The plane first flew on 22 December 1964 and almost every flight in its long history set a record before its retirement in 1998. Able to fly at over three times the speed of sound, the Blackbird on display in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center flew across the Unites States from coast-to-coast in one hour, four minutes, and twenty-seconds. According to Lockheed Martin, “The Blackbird was and remains […]
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