The old mission-control center at Cape Canaveral, from which the Mercury missions were controlled in 1961-1963. Since this picture was taken in 1995, this room was dismantled and moved to the Visitor Center at Kennedy Space Center.
Pad 13 at Cape Canaveral, from which the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft were launched in 1966-67. This gantry is the only one at the Cape from the 1960s that was still standing when this photo was taken in 1999: all the others had been demolished for scrap in the 1970s.
Pad 18 at Cape Canaveral, the site of Vanguard 1, America's first attempted satellite launch, in December 1957. As of 2000, when this photo was taken, there was no historical marker, but then it was a national humiliation, since the booster exploded spectacularly on the pad. In the background are Pads 17A (right) and 17B (left), where Delta rockets still launch spacecraft, including most of the current generation of Mars probes.
The remains of Pad 19 at Cape Canaveral, where all ten piloted Gemini-Titan spacecraft were launched in 1965-66. It had long been dismantled by the time this photo was taken in 2000.
Pad 26A at Cape Canaveral, from which America's first orbiting satellite, Explorer 1 was launched on January 31, 1958. The white rocket with the bulbous nose, a Thor, marks the spot. In the background is Space Launch Complex 17, where most of today's spacecraft to Mars are launched.
The blockhouse for Pad 26A at Cape Canaveral, from which America's first orbiting satellite, Explorer 1 was launched by Wernher von Braun's team in 1958.
Pad 34 on Cape Canaveral, the site of the Apollo 1 fire, on January 27, 1967. At a peaceful place near the ocean, it is now a fitting memorial to the three astronauts who died there, Virgil I. "Gus" Grisson, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee. In October 1968, Apollo 7 was launched from this pad. In the background is Space Launch Comlex 37, now refurbished for Delta IV rockets.
The plaque on Pad 34 on Cape Canaveral, commemorating the Apollo 1 fire.
Pad 36A at Cape Canaveral, from which Atlas missiles launched military, commercial, and scientific spacecraft, including the SOHO solar observatory. It was retired since this photo was taken in 2000.
Aerial view of Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, built to launch Saturn V rockets to the Moon, and later used for launching Space Shuttles. The large building in the foreground is the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), where the large rockets are assembled. At left rear is Pad 39B; at right rear, behind the VAB, is Pad 39A, where Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 were launched. Pad 39A is over 3 miles from the VAB.
Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, on Merritt Island. From this pad were launched Apollo 8 (the first mission in which astronauts orbited the Moon) and Apollo 11 (the first human lunar landing), as well as the first 25 Space Shuttle missions. It was photographed in 2000, the day after the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour for mission STS-99: the banner is still hanging.
Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, on Merritt Island. This pad was built to launch Saturn V rockets to the Moon, and is now used for Space Shuttles.
The F-1 engines of the Saturn V rocket, the most powerful machines ever built, on display at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, Kennedy Space Center. They are over 17 feet in diameter, and were capable of 1.5 million pounds of thrust each.
The "Rocket Garden," one of the world's finest collections of space launch vehicles on display, at the Visitor Center at Kennedy Space Center.
About two minutes after liftoff during the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS 96 to the International Space Station, May 27, 1999. The launch was just before sunrise.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, on mission STS 101 to the International Space Station, May 19, 2000, a few seconds after liftoff. The launch was just before dawn, and the light from the engines is overpowering the light of the not-yet-risen Sun, making the sky look black to the camera (and the eye).
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, on mission STS 101 to the International Space Station, May 19, 2000, about one minute after liftoff.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, on mission STS 101 to the International Space Station, May 19, 2000, about two minutes after liftoff. The colors in the contrail are from the Shuttle rising into the light of the rising Sun, just over the horizon.
A spoonbill, in Canaveral National Seashore wildlife refuge.
Why did the alligator cross the road? To get to the other side! This was taken about 3 miles north of the KSC north gate.
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