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The humble beginnings of the gate to space started in the 1950’s when the first missiles and rockets were tested at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, this was before NASA was created on the 1st of October 1958.
President John F. Kennedy challenged in 1961 to land men on the moon and to return them safe to earth before the end of the 1960’s.
Henceforth the Kennedy Space Centre was opened in 1962. A year later Kennedy was assassinated and to honour the man who brought speed into the US space program the centre carried his name.
The first US citizen in space was Alan Shepard who completed the first sub-orbital flight on May 5th, 1961, soon to be followed by John Glenn who was the first US citizen to circle the earth three times on February 20th, 1962.
During the years 1965 and 1966 NASA launched 10 space flights using two-man Gemini spacecraft flying with Titan II rockets. The next generation or rockets were the Saturn rockets that flew the unmanned Apollo 5 into space. The rockets weight was more then 6.5 million pounds – an unimaginable force needed to lift those slowly into the sky.
All this made way for the first landing on the moon which was then achieved on July 16th, 1969 when Apollo 11 lifted of the earth and reached the moon four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first humans to reach the moon.
For more then 30 years now the Kennedy Space Centre has hosted millions of visitors to inform about the US space program and also to see the launch pads and the facilities used for the exploration of our universe. The Kennedy Space Centre covers an area of more then 34.000 hectares and is home to one of the world’s longest runways and the US’s biggest building.
Today the Space Centre is used as launching and landing site for the Space Shuttle NASA’s reusable space plane which was first launched in 1961.

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  • Intro Written Feb 18, 2005
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2006 at 11:47 AM

    Cool. My kind of place. Have not been here though. Probably the most visited spot on earth, if there are any aliens out there. Cheers, SL

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 7:12 AM

    An out-of-this-world page on Cape Canaveral. I've been there myself when I was almost 9 years old.

  • swings's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 11:28 AM

    Mike, very nice descriptions and pictures of the Cape. Good coverage of it, and that's no small job. w

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    Oh! I didn't know it was illegal to stop and take photos of 'gators. We did. Luckily, we didn't get caught. ;-)


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