DUTh SB IAS Chapter: Visiting Kennedy Space Center

Visiting Kennedy Space Center

The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the United States launch site that has opened its doors in 1st of July 1962. The KSC is a Launch Operations Directorate and a Launch Operations Center and has been used for every NASA human space flight since December 1968 and continues to manage and operate unmanned rocket launch facilities for the U.S.


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is Located on Merritt Island, Florida, the center is north-northwest of Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Miami and Jacksonville on Florida’s Space Coast.


Facilities at the Kennedy Space Center are directly related to manned and unmanned missions. Facilities are available to prepare and maintain spacecraft and payloads for flight.


  1. Headquarters (HQ) building houses offices for the Center Director, library, film and photo archives, a print shop and security.
  2. Operations and Checkout (OC) building
  3. International Space Station
  4. Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) (two processing bays, an airlock, operational control rooms, laboratories, logistics areas and office space for support of non-hazardous Station and Shuttle)
  5. Vertical Processing Facility (VPF)
  6. Hypergolic Maintenance and Checkout Facility (HMCF)
  7. Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the fourth-largest structure in the world by volume

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the visitor center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It features exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, shows, two IMAX theaters, a range of bus tours of the spaceport, and the Shuttle Launch Experience, a simulated ride into space. It also encompasses the separate Apollo/Saturn V Center and United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.


  1. US Astronaut Hall of Fame. A museum featuring the world’s largest collectionof personal astronaut memorabilia.
  2. Rocket Garden. An outdoor display of historic rockets that put Americans and satellites in space. Visitors can walk up to and around the base of the rockets. The Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas, and Titan II rockets launched astronauts and the Juno I, Juno II, Thor-Delta, and Atlas-Agena rockets launched satellites from Cape Canaveral.
  3. Apollo/Saturn V Center. is only accessible to visitors by bus tours from the Visitors Complex. The building was built to house a restored Saturn V launch vehicle and features other exhibits related to the Apollo program.  The rocket’s second (S-II) and third stages (S-IVB) are from the canceled Apollo 19 mission.
  4. Space Shuttle Atlantis display – Shuttle Launch Experience. NASA announced that Atlantis would be provided to the visitors center for display after its last flight on STS-135 and subsequent decommissioning.
  5. Space Mirror Memorial
  6. Angry Birds Space Encounter



Visiting Kennedy space center.

John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is great for anyone having a general interest in technology and/or space flight history. It is a well-organized walk through how the technology advanced from the first basic rocket up to the “Saturn V” moon rockets and Space Shuttle missions. Me and my colleagues, in crime both, we enjoyed the day. The ticket gets you into the movies and also the bus tour and other attractions.


Unfortunately, due to the government shutdown we could not take part to the bus tour which takes you out to the launch pad where the actual moon rockets took off. They have the old transporter for the shuttles and the massive assembly building that you’ll drive by. You’ll find a massive Saturn V rocket that you can walk right under as well as many other displays, like lunar landers and crew capsules.

In noon, we have the honor to dine with Mark Charles Lee, USAF Colonel, former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions (STS-30, STS-47, STS-64,STS-82).


What impressed us the most was the space shuttle Atlantis exhibition. The way they set this attraction is excellent. Very dramatic entrance and for real, you can almost touch the shuttle.