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MAVEN in the Kennedy Space Center cleanroom

MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN) is a satellite designed to investigate the dramatic climatic change the planet has experienced.  Though Mars once held liquid surface water, the dense atmosphere that supported it was lost to space long ago.  MAVEN will … Continue reading

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Mars Yard Garage with VTSB MSL Rover

The backup Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover in its garage adjacent to the Mars Yard, an area of land at JPL designed with rock and terrain to mimic the surface of Mars.  Before commands are sent to Curiosity on Mars, … Continue reading

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Inside of the Space Shuttle

(click on the picture below for a tour of 10 panoramas) Use the red directional links to navigate between all interior areas of a Space Shuttle Orbiter’s Crew Module and out into the Payload Bay.  Green links provide additional information … Continue reading

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 747

(click on the picture below for a tour of 3 panoramas) Check out the two interior areas of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA-905), a vintage 1970 747-100 used to transport space shuttle orbiters between NASA facilities. Find more information about … Continue reading

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Shuttle Training Aircraft (N944NA)

NASA modified four Gulfstream II aircraft to mimic the landing profile of a Space Shuttle orbiter and provide a simulating platform for astronauts.  Inside, the bipolar cockpit of the STA is half orbiter, half airplane, complete with the same glass … Continue reading

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Astronaut Crew Quarters

(click on the picture below for a tour of 11 panoramas) Located on the top floor of the Operations and Checkout building at Kennedy Space Center, these Astronaut Crew Quarters were first used for Gus Grissom and John Young before … Continue reading

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Launch Pad 39A Tour

(click on the picture below for a tour of 5 panoramas) Built in 1965, Launch Pad 39A has hosted 92 launches to space from the Apollo and Shuttle Programs.  Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins departed from there for … Continue reading

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Crawler Transporter Tour

(click on the picture below for a tour of 4 panoramas) The Crawler Transporters carried the 8.2 million pound Mobile Launch Platform and the 2.7 million pound Space Shuttle stack at a speed of 1 mph on the 3.5 mile … Continue reading

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Mate-Demate Devices: KSC and DFRC

When the space shuttle was unable to land back at Kennedy Space Center, it landed instead at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center within Edwards Air Force Base in California.  This necessitated a ferry flight back to Florida and the Mate-Demate … Continue reading

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Shuttle Landing Facility

The runway where the space shuttle would land at Kennedy Space Center. It’s one of the largest runways in the world, 15,000 ft long and 300 ft wide with an additional 1,000 ft of paved overruns at each end. The nose-wheel of … Continue reading

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