Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

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

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • This is a long distance view of Launch Complex 39A, one of the two large manned launchpads at Kennedy Space Center. Pad 39A and Pad 39B are approximately 8000 feet apart, and safe viewing distance for liftoff is 5 miles.

  • Space Dot Ice Cream, served in a plastic astronaut helmet. I highly recommend the Sugar-Free vanilla, flavored with Splenda.

  • You think your IT consulting contract is stressful and your work conditions stink? Try these IBM contractors on for size, who had to support the Apollo program. "Failure Is Not An Option" should be a source of inspiration for anyone who works in technology today. These are the actual workstations at the completely renovated Apollo mission control, which is a completely immersive multimedia experience that simulates an Apollo launch. It's awesome.

Topic: Nasa / Space


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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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...
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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.
    • Thanks.

      I'll fix it.
  • 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.