Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Summary: Jason Perlow goes to NASA's Kennedy Space Center during vacation.

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  • On the second day we returned to the KSC, the Space Shuttle Discovery had been rolled out to Pad 39A just the night before. This is as close as most people can get to the shuttle while it is on the pad, about 1 mile away.

  • Here's a closer view of one of the other pad, not currently occupied, Pad 39B, with its gantry clearly visible.

  • This is the Vehicle Assembly Building, which was built for the Apollo program. The building is over 550 feet tall, and is one of the largest buildings built by man by volume, not by height. It was intended to house the giant Saturn V rocket standing straight up. Today it is used for the Shuttle program and will be re-used for Constellation/Ares.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • Hasn't Changed Much...

    I visited here in the 80's as a child. Some of these exhibits look nearly the same as they did back then.

    I still have pictures next to the moon rover...
    sceato02@...
  • RE: Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center (Kennedy Space Center)

    Maturing memories there providing electro-chemical primary power supplies in support of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Lunar Rover, Skylab and the Shuttle Orbiter. A privilege to be one of those committed many; may this experience be expanded and pursued for all mankind's well being.
    PrairieWinds
  • NASA ?

    NASA - that's the official Chicken Little Science agency where the spokespeople say the sky is falling, and argue that anyone who disagrees with them should be arrested? (I am not making this up, google hansen and global warming).

    A lot different agency than in my younger days...

    brad@...
  • Whoops

    Jason, your caption for the Saturn V stage 1 photo is inaccurate. Stage 1 did not use five J-2 engines, it used five F-1 engines. The F-1 produced 1,522,000 pounds of thrust, and burned RP-1 (a form of kerosene) and liquid oxygen. Your caption more accurately describes the second stage, which used five J-2 engines.
    jeff.washburn@...
    • Thanks.

      I'll fix it.
      jperlow
  • Brain Fart

    Forgot about the big F-1s. I added another slide for the Stage II.

    I guess they figured that the F-1 was too damn expensive to use on the Ares compared to the RS-68, with the specialized fuel and all.
    jperlow