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The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), located in Florida, is one of the number of facilities run by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). And since December of 1968, KSC has been NASA’s primary launch center of human spaceflight.

 

 

The John F. Kennedy Space Center, which is named after the 35th president of the United States of America, is a complex that consists of unique structures such as:

 

a) The Launch Control Center

b) Vehicle Assembly Building (Which houses NASA’s largest space rockets)

c) Operations and Checkout Building (For housing Astronauts prior to launch)

d) Space Station Factory

e) Shuttle Landing Facility

f) Visitors Complex

 

This popular space center attracts about 1.5 million visitors annually.

 

The space center, formed in 1962, is named after Kennedy shortly after his assassination in 1963. It has been the site for such historical launches, like the Apollo program (1967-1973), Skylab Launch (1973), and the Ares I-X launch in 2009 among many others.

 

Tourists can gain exclusive access to the sites of all the launches on a guided bus tour, which also includes visits to all of the above-mentioned sections of the space center. Visitors and tourists can also stop by at the Visitors Complex, where there are attractions such as an IMAX film theatre, the Shuttle Experience (which is a simulated Shuttle launch), a children’s play dome, and the Astronauts Hall of Fame, where well-preserved memorabilia from various launches are kept.

 

Source: Kennedyspacecenter and USAtoday

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