Set amid 150,000 acres of marshland and mangrove swamp, Kennedy Space Center has been the headquarters of American space exploration since the launch of the unmanned Bumper 8 research rocket in July, 1950. Eleven years later, Alan Shepard lifted off from the Cape’s Pad 5 to become the first American in space, and in July, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Pad 39A, carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.


Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Since the end of the Apollo missions in 1972, the base has been home to America’s space shuttle and International Space Station programmes, and to unmanned missions that have travelled to Mars and beyond. Visitors can tour portions of the facility, beginning at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which houses a collection of NASA rockets, the actual Mercury Mission Control Room from the 1960s, two IMAX theatres showing films about space exploration, and numerous exhibits detailing 50 years of NASA projects. Various programmes offer chances to meet astronauts and tour other sections of the facility.


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