Kennedy Space Center Tour - Florida
Took a day-tour of the Kennedy Space Center at Merritt Island, Florida
- Launch Pad Complex LC-39, a rocket launch site, was the departure point for all six Apollo missions and for all Space Shuttle launches
- Vehicle Assembly Building which is considered the fourth largest structure in the world by volume, capable of holding four Saturn V's and other transporters
- Saturn V, largest and most powerful launch vehicle in history
- the Shuttle Landing Facility, a 4.6Km runway primarily for Shuttle's end-of-mission landing site, is among the world's longest runways.
- the Crawlerways, the path leading to the launch pad site; a massive 2700Ton Crawler-Transporter was used to move spacecrafts and the Shuttle vehicles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at a pace of 1.6Km/Hr; these Crawlerways are about 5-6Km
- the Launch Control Center
- cryogenic tanks that stored the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for Saturn Vs
- the Sound Suppression Water System
The end of Space Shuttle program also lent to the closing of this launch pad complex. Normally, this launch pad complex is off limits to the public. Our tour group was considered one of the first to actually set foot at the actual Launch Pad site, right on the actual charred bricks on the site's exhaust flame trench. This site is now open to the public before it is torn down or refurbished (who knows) for commercial use by SpaceX, a privately owned space transport company.
Location(s): Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
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