kennedy space center and the space shuttle atlantis

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The John F. Kennedy Space Center is the NASA facility supporting Launch Complex 39 [LC-39], originally built for the Saturn V, the largest and most powerful operational launch vehicle in history, for the Apollo manned Moon landing program proposed by President John F. Kennedy. It was named in honor of Kennedy by his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, shortly after Kennedy’s death in 1963.

Since the end of the Apollo program in 1972, LC-39 has been used to launch every NASA human space flight, including Skylab [1973], the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project [1974], and the Space Shuttle program [1981-2011]. The Space Shuttle Atlantis was a Space Shuttle orbiter belonging NASA, and was constructed by the Rockwell International company in Southern California and delivered to the Kennedy Space Center in Eastern Florida in April 1985. Atlantis was the fourth operational and the penultimate Space Shuttle built. Its maiden flight was in October 1985.

This video blog is from the Kennedy Space Center in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.


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