Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 - 1965

Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 - 1965 (HM2M16)

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N 28° 36.83', W 80° 48.23'

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Historic Titusville

"Look across the Indian River... it is from the tract of land east of Titusville that the United States will fire its hopes toward the moon... From now on, Titusville will be known as space exploration headquarters."- Titusville Star Advocate report of NASA's August 24, 1961 announcement.
This shoreline view changed forever after the U.S. Government acquired north Merritt Island for the construction of a launch complex to send Americans to the moon. By 1965, the massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) towered 52 stories above the surrounding landscape. Along the ocean, NASA erected two launch pads to serve as the departure points for the mighty Saturn V rockets, and eventually the Space Shuttle.
Launch Complex 39 (LC-39) has dominated the shoreline opposite Titusville ever since, and hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed this choice spot for viewing NASA's launches.
Today, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from LC-39. In the coming years, NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) will light up the sky from there as well. Other exhibits and monuments along the Space Walk of Fame describe America's pioneering efforts in space, and honor the contributions of the community.
HM NumberHM2M16
Placed ByCity of Titusville
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Date Added Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 519177 N 3165218
Decimal Degrees28.61383333, -80.80383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 36.83', W 80° 48.23'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 36' 49.8" N, 80° 48' 13.8" W
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