Posted on 09/04/2009

Photo taken on September  4, 2009

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LC-34, Then and Now

LC-34, Then and Now
On the left, a slide taken by my grandparents in early 1965, on the right the same view in August 2009.

In the old image, the mobile service structure for LC-34 is visible in the distance, along with the umbilical tower at one of the LC-37 pads (the skinny reddish mast at the far left of the old image).

Interestingly, in the original versions of both pictures, I can tell that the second sign along the road is the same in both pictures, the first sign (with the words "Road Block" on it) might be the same but it's hard to tell, and the flame deflectors are visible in the same parked positions. Even the notch in the edge of the pavement at the corner is the same, and some of the telephone poles may even be originals.

What's odd is the sense of depth between the two pictures. There's no mistaking they show the same scene, but the pad looks significantly closer to the camera in my shot than in the old slide - and this is the case for several of these comparisons.

Unlike the other comparisons, the slide image is cropped square - this was because the original was rotated by about 3 degrees, which was enough to obscure some of the similarities at first glance.