These photos here were taken by myself during a February visit to the Kennedy Space Center.
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Any American who was old enough to remember knows about the Apollo 1 crew that died in a cockpit fire. I was a kid at the time, very much caught up in the space craze. When they died, it was a very sad time to a young boy who dreamt of rockets and space travel. To the nay-sayers of the space program, it was ammunition against spending any more money. It was a good thing that the Apollo program went on, if only to carry on the job started by those who had risked -- and given -- their lives to the program and to the country. If the program had not continued, the technilogical crowning achievement of the 20th century would not have taken place. And the word "impossible" would not have been very much diminshed in the minds of a whole generation of young kids such as myself. This page is dedicated to the memory of the Apollo 1 crew: Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee.
This picture is a portion of the Astronaut Memorial, with the reflection of the American flag in the background.
This picture was taken from the Holiday Inn in Titusville, looking out towards Cape Canaveral.
This was also taken from the Holiday Inn, just before a satellite was launched. To the left is the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) at the Kennedy Space Center, where the Space Shuttle is prepared for flight. To the right is Cape Canaveral, where the satellite was acutally launched. We were expecting the lauch to occur at the Kennedy Space Center but, as we found out, all rockets except the Space Shuttle are launched from Cape Canaveral which is run by the USAF. Only the Shuttle is launched from KSC. We were looking in the wrong place, and missed the launch until it was too late. (sigh).
This is a view from the visitor's gantry, looking back towards the VAB. In the foreground is the "crawler", the largest land vehicle in the world. It is used to transport the assembled Space Shuttle from the VAB to the launch pad by way of the gravel pathways. To get an idea how big the crawler is, notice the tour bus on the road to the left of the crawler. The bus is as tall as the tracks under the crawler, and there are eight tracks! Each link in a track weighs one ton.
This is the business end of the Saturn V first stage. HUGE! There were 15 Saturn V rockets built, 12 were flown. The remaining three are on display at KSC, Houston, and Huntsville.
The LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) on display at the Apollo/Saturn Museum. This is a replica of the vehicle that landed man on the moon. Built by Grumman, a company known for building aircraft that can land on a moving target!