Cape Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast
All manned U.S. space flights are launched at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
All Mercury, and Gemini space missions and the Apollo 7 space flight were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Merritt Island, the heart of the Kennedy Space Center, is located a short drive from Cape Canaveral. All subsequent Apollo space missions and space shuttles were launched from Merritt Island.
At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can experience what space travel was like then and now and even get a glimpse of the future of space travel.
In addition to some of the original Mercury and Gemini space capsules at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, you can also discover the „Explorer“, a faithful reproduction of the space shuttle. The two IMAX theaters on the grounds invite you to experience adventures in space travel from the edge of your seat.
Or you can join the Kennedy Space Center bus tour on the NASA grounds. The tour takes you from an observation point to the actual space shuttle launch ramps and passes the Vehicle Assembly Building, one of the biggest space shuttle assembly buildings in the entire world.
The tour concludes with a visit to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. This center is, among other things, home to an original 364-feet (111 m)-long Saturn V rocket, which was used for nine moon expeditions between 1968 and 1972.
Additional tours are also available, for example, to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, from which unmanned space rockets are launched.
The Astronaut Hall of Fame, which is close to the Kennedy Space Center, is also worth a visit. Of particular interest are the multi-media flight simulators on board a re-created space shuttle; the original space capsules of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions; as well as the zero gravity simulator.
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Komplex (Cape Canaveral)
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