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Kennedy Space Center Tour
Kennedy Space Center Tour - Florida
Date: Sun Dec 22 16:00:52 MST 2013, [ 20 photos ]
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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.

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 Location(s): Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
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a simulation of Launch Control Center

 Location: Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
 Date Taken: Sun Dec 22 2013
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the 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

 Location: Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
 Date Taken: Sun Dec 22 2013
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the massive 2700Ton Crawler-Transporter that was used to move spacecrafts and the Shuttle vehicles along the Crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at a pace of 1.6Km/Hr. Price tag? US$14Million each. Upon its construction, the crawler-transporter became the largest self-powered land vehicle in the world. On the average, it took roughly 5 hours to travel from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch site.

 Location: Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
 Date Taken: Sun Dec 22 2013
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a section of Crawlerway path. That is not a diivided highway by the way. these are the actual tracks the Crawler-Transporter will be crawling on. Each crawlerway is 7ft deep covered with Alabama and Tennessee river rocks to reduce possibility of sparks

 Location: Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida USA
 Date Taken: Sun Dec 22 2013
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