Beyond a fertile field of satellite communication antennas at Kennedy Space Center, an Atlas V rocket launches a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS; sounds like TEE-dress). The thoughtfully composed image recorded on the evening of January 30. Image © Ben Cooper (Launch Photography). Used with permission.
Space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 Jumbo jetliner, at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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The Launch Operations Center in Florida became operational on July 1, 1962. The name was later changed to John F. Kennedy Space Center in honor of the president’s vision for space exploration and of Americans visiting the Moon. This video is a tribute at the many launches and space exploration highlights that occurred at KSC.
The flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The numerous panels and displays allowed the computer-controlled orbiter to enter the top of Earth’s atmosphere at greater than the speed of sound and (thirty minutes later) land on a runway like an airplane. Image Credit Ben Cooper (Launch Photography)
In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians inspect under NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission aeroshell, where the wheels of the rover Curiosity can be seen. Image credit NASA
All six Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne space shuttle main engines from Endeavour’s STS-134 and Atlantis’ STS-135 missions sit in test cells inside the Engine Shop at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time, all 15 shuttle main engines are in the shop at the same time, being prepped for shipment to NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where they are being repurposed for use on NASA’s next generation heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis