We toured the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, June 23, 2007. The curved fence does pretty well to keep out intruders, such as people, small animals, and (mainly) alligators.
The primary thrusters, on the Saturn V, which generated millions of pounds of thrust to carry astronauts into space in the 60s and 70s.
Mission patches, huge and hanging next to a life-size model of a Saturn V rocket, exactly like the one that took Neil Armstrong and crew to the moon in 1969.
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An indoor model of the International Space Station.
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A botany experiment, being conducted in a model of the International Space Station laboratory.
NASA's Vehicle Assmebly Building (VAB), the largest single-story building in the world. The space shuttle is built here, shown through a tour bus window (they don't let you go inside).
The crawlerway, on which the shuttle travels from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at 1 mph, forks here, just in front of the observation gantry for Launch Center 39. If it's launching from 39-A, it turns left; 39-B is to the right.
All parts of Kennedy Space Center that aren't actively used in the space program are reserved as a refuge for native wildlife. Here a snowy egret (stuffed) is shown in a small display house. Also common on the grounds are sea turtles, heron and other bird species, and alligators.
This pond is part of the nature reserve on the grounds of Kennedy Space Center, shown here from the top of the observation gantry near Launch Center 39.
A life-size model of a shuttle, liquid oxygen tank, and primary boosters is near the entrance.
Part of the space center is a garden for old rockets. The Saturn V is lying down, while its black command module is shown in the lower right corner.
A memorial to astronauts who have died on duty. The names of each astronaut are inscribed on the granite wall.
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