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TurboFox Photography: 'Last Lightshow'

Photo Credit: Andy Sokol / TurboFox Photography

Last Lightshow: On the rainy eve of the final space shuttle launch, Atlantis sits perched atop the launch pad. In this unusual six-second exposure, a service vehicle rounds a curve toward the pad as its brake lights are reflected in a small roadside puddle.

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Retro Space Images: Getting Ready for Apollo 13 Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

All Smiles to Start With: Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise is relaxed and ready as he and fellow astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert prepare for launch on April 11, 1970, from the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A. The planned third U.S. manned landing on the [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 16 at Pad 39A

Photo Credit: J.L. Pickering / Retro Space Images

Launch Preparations: The lower portion of the Saturn V for the Apollo 16 mission is shown at Launch Complex 39A in late December 1971. The launch vehicle had originally been rolled to the pad on Dec. 13, 1971. Technical issues with the Command Module forced NASA to [...]

Retro Space Images: Let the Inspections Begin

Photo Credit: Angelo Taiani / Retro Space Images

Work is Done: Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center begin inspecting one of the solid rocket boosters that launched STS-8 and Space Shuttle Challenger into orbit on Aug. 30, 1983, from Launch Pad 39A. The two spent boosters were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean soon after launch [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 11 is Main Attraction

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Tour Highlight: A large group of Kennedy Space Center summer interns are given a special tour of KSC on June 18, 1969. An obvious highlight was this stop at Launch Pad 39A, where the Saturn V for the Apollo 11 mission was being prepared for the historic first [...]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday to Joe Engle

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Another Year Tacked On: Happy Birthday wishes to X-15 pilot and NASA group 5 astronaut Joe Engle. Born in 1932, Engle served as commander of STS-2 in 1981 and STS-51I in 1985. Photo shows Engle and astronaut Richard Truly heading for Pad 39A during a pre-flight test prior [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 9 Crawls to Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Saturn Sunrise: This was the early morning scene as the Saturn V for the Apollo 9 mission was rolled out to Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 3, 1969. Astronauts Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart were launched on a 10-day mission exactly two [...]

Retro Space Images: Happy Birthday Wishes to Astronaut Story Musgrave

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Shuttle Royalty: Happy Birthday wishes going out to space shuttle astronaut extraordinaire Dr. Story Musgrave, who was born on this date in 1935. Story is shown here during a training exercise at the Kennedy Space Center in January 1983 while training for the STS-6 mission. Astronaut Karol Bobko [...]

Retro Space Images: Preparing STS-41D

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Age of Discovery: The Sun sets at Pad 39A on August 29, 1984, as preparations continue for the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery the following morning. The first launch attempt for Discovery had ended with a pad abort at T-6 seconds on June 26, 1984.

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Launch Complex 39A for Lease?

NASA has announced that Launch Complex 39A will be open to take on commercial clients. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA is moving ahead with the space agency’s efforts to cede control of key structures and facilities as Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Through a synopsis released May [...]