Since that time, the name of the center has appeared periodically in space news and travels, and it has become the first destination for anyone who dreams of experiencing the space world closely and learning about its history and exploring its depths.
The Kennedy Center, which completed its Golden Jubilee last year, is located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base on Merritt Island, southeast Florida.
The John F. Kennedy Space Center of the US Space Agency (NASA) is the largest specialized center in the launch of manned and unmanned flights into space, and where the development and engineering of space missiles.
Documenting the history of space
It was necessary to document these miraculous achievements in the history of mankind, and make them available to tourists, so in 1971 a visitor complex was opened, which became a tourist destination inside and outside the United States, where the number of attendees exceeds one million people annually.
At the entrance to the complex, you are greeted by a model of the late US President John F. Kennedy, with his historical phrase: “We have chosen to go to the moon.”
In the front yard of the complex stand real structures and models of a distinctive set of space rockets that NASA used in the past to transport humans outside the globe.
To the right of the rockets, there are 3 capsules that the visitor can test sitting inside, which are the same capsules that enabled the astronauts to return to Earth safely.
On July 20, 1969, the scientist held his breath while one man put his foot on the surface of the moon through the “Apollo 11” spacecraft, and now the vehicle that carried the American astronaut Neil Armstrong sits in the visitor complex, next to it the huge “Stern in Moon” missile that carried it from the Earth, It has a height of 111 meters.
And in the place are rocks and dust that astronauts brought with them from the surface of the moon to Earth.
Kennedy was the president who took the initiative and pushed his country toward space science, increasing his budget by a large percentage, and construction of the center began in 1962.
But fate did not allow him to see his achievement achieved by reaching the moon, as he was assassinated in 1963.
“My passion for the space program began when I saw the first launches (in the 1960s), and then I came to work at the Kennedy Space Center,” said tourist guide Nick Thomas at the site.
Thomas, who has been working there since 1987, added, “Here we introduce visitors to the shuttle flights and the enormous amount of work required by these programs to become a reality, and we offer a glimpse of the space race in the 1960s, which accelerated the search and planning wheel, leading to the landing of man on the moon.”
And he continues: “We also remember the great sacrifice made by the (Apollo One) crew, whose three members lost their lives due to a fire that occurred in the cockpit, during a simulation of the take-off in 1967.”
He notes, “Here are information and short videos of the Apollo program.”
Here there is a “control room” with all its equipment, communication devices and screens, which are the same tools that made it possible to communicate directly with the astronauts on board the spacecraft during their trips to the moon and when they landed on its surface.
And distributed in the center are many glass rooms that contain inside their walls replicas of the equipment that the human carried with him to the moon, the most important of which are the manual traction cart and the automatic vehicle that accompanied the crew of “Apollo 15” to the moon in 1971.
The visitor can see the space suits that NASA adopted in its history, arranged according to seniority, to show the development that has occurred in them in terms of shape and materials used in their manufacture.
The future is here, too
“The center provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of astronauts through interactive exhibits, simulations and guided tours,” Scott Wenderson, who is visiting the venue for the first time, told Sky News Arabia.
“It was an enjoyable experience,” he added.
The center not only talks about history, but the visitor can learn about NASA’s plans to explore Mars, and the red planet’s wing sheds light on the mechanisms and vehicles that are being tested to walk on its surface.
But if you want to witness first-hand the launch of a missile from the station, all you have to do is go to the launch site.
The closest missile to space is scheduled to be launched on December 5, when SpaceX will launch a “Falcon 9” rocket from the launch complex at the center.
The center gives visitors the opportunity to talk to veteran astronauts in “NASA”, as they transmit their experiences in a face-to-face presentation, and answer questions from the audience, and the matter remained in place even in light of the Corona pandemic, albeit in a restricted manner.
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