NASA’s Home – Kennedy Space Center
Located on Merritt Island in Florida, Kennedy Space Center is the main launch facility for NASA. The site is located near Cape Canaveral nearly 14000 people work on the site. Tourist guides purport that it is one of the biggest tourist attractions for people who travel to Florida. There are three nature preserves located on the island near the Kennedy Space Center: Canaveral national Seashore, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Mosquito Lagoon.
It was commissioned in 1958 under the name Launch Operations Center. It was completed in 1962 during Kennedy’s term as president and was renamed Kennedy Space Center after his assassination. Throughout its long history, the center has seen the launch of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs as well as the Space Shuttle program.
It is one of the most important sites in the country for the nation’s space program. Attached to the space center is a Visitor complex. This area houses several museums, two IMAX theaters, a simulation ride and bus tours that allow visitors to take a better look at many area’s that would otherwise be restricted. It is a bit pricey to get into the center, $38 for anyone over the age of 12, but the admission price is well worth it. The restricted areas and museums allow visitors to glimpse into the world of space in ways they would otherwise be unable to experience. Included in this is the Saturn Museum, complete with a renovated Saturn V and Apollo module.
The two theaters offer various films, including a look at the Apollo command center. Simulation rides let visitors experience a ‘trip into space’ via movies and moving seats. A visit to the Kennedy Space Center is a must see for anyone interested in the United States Space Program.