Over the past five decades, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has acted as the launch point for an exciting generation of space technology and exploration.
And now a recent collaborative project between NASA and Street View allows space enthusiasts around the world to take a trip to the doorway to outer space and see Kennedy as it transitions into a multipurpose launch complex for the next 50 years of space innovation.
“This location is our largest special collection of Street View imagery to date, totaling 6,000 panoramic views of the facilities, and expanding our mission to document the world’s most amazing places,” explained Google exec Ryan Falor.
“Among the images you can now explore online are the space shuttle launch pad, Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Firing Room #4. Gaze down from the top of the enormous launch pad, peer up at the towering ceiling of the Vehicle Assembly Building (taller than the Statue of Liberty) and get up close to one of the space shuttle’s main engines, which is powerful enough to generate 400,000 lbs of thrust.”
Google Street users can also get an up-close, immersive experience with two of the Space Shuttle Orbiters – the Atlantis and Endeavour – even though they recently entered retirement.
Kennedy Space Center on Google Maps is accessible here.