Vehicle Assembly Building

2009 Kennedy Space Center Visit


Various pieces of space hardware and infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

LC-37 Blockhouse

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The retro blockhouse used at LC-37.

LC-37

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The service structure and launch tower for Delta-IV.

LC-37

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The service structure and launch tower for Delta-IV.

Rails

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One of the two sets of rails on which the service structure rolled out to the pad.

Cable Tunnel

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Remains of the non-underground part of the cable tunnel running between the pad and the blockhouse.

Flame Deflectors

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Note the slightly different shapes, presumably for the two different versions of the Saturn I which were launched from this complex. One of these would be rolled on rails to a spot under the circular opening in the pedestal to protect the area beneath the rocket's engines by splitting and redirecting the plume. There is a similar but much, much larger structure (now fixed in position) at each of the LC-39 pads used by Shuttle.

Back in the Day

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Scenes from LC-34's salad days, on the kiosk at the edge of the pad.

Close-Up

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What the pad proper looked like when it was new.

Launch Mount

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From one of the two sets of rails on which the service structure rolled out to the pad.

LC-49

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The pedestal and remains of the service building beside it. From this angle, it looks less like a Greek ruin than the Incan ruins near Lake Titicaca.

Fire Brick

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Was surprised to find the area around the base of the pedestal paved with firebrick. Lots of it.

Pedestal

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It's as massive as it looks, but is dwarfed by the mobile launch platforms used at LC-39 for Saturn V and Shuttle.

Launch Mount

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The top of the pedestal and part of the water deluge piping.

Launch Mount

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With the flame deflectors at the end of their rails in the background.

Temple of the Space-Age

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LC-34, backlit, looking an awful lot like Greek ruins.

LC-34

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More Greek ruins.

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