Sunday, July 24, 2011

Touring Kennedy Space Center - Part II

As I mentioned in my last post, we spent a day thoroughly enjoying all the sights Kennedy Space Center has to offer. One of the best parts was the panoramic view from the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry. From there, you could see multiple launch sites and buildings. Even though we couldn't make it there to see Atlantis on the Mobile Launcher Platform prior to launch, it was still very cool to be so close to Pad 39-A. The massive tracks that the Crawler-Transporter rides on were also a very impressive sight. Hope you enjoy this set of photos!

Arriving at the LC 39 Observation Gantry

Space Shuttle Main Engine

Pad 39-A, where Atlantis lifted off for the final time on July 8, 2011

Pad 39-B, a former Shuttle launch site being converted for future vehicles

Close-up view of the support structure on Pad 39-A

Constructi0n underway on Pad 39-B

Vertical Integration Facility

Launch Complex 41, used for Atlas V launches

Gina on the Observation Gantry with Pad 39-A in the background

Proof that I was there too!

Launch Complex 40, used by SpaceX for Falcon 9 launches

Launch Complex 37, used for Delta IV launches

Solid Motor Assembly Building

Crawler-Transporter parked outside the LC39 Observation Gantry

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