The author at USSRC
The author at USSRC

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Virtual Tour

About the author

I've been interested in the space program for as long as I can remember. From my hazy childhood memories of watching TV coverage of astronauts on the moon, to witnessing the Challenger disaster (from 150 miles away), to learning about modern expendable launch vehicles, I've been following the space program for quite a while. Although I no longer live in Florida, while I was there, I visited Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station so many times that I've lost count. After having taken the bus tours offered by Spaceport USA, I was interested in seeing more of the historical sites, where the launches took place before the Shuttle era.

I'm also very much interested in industrial archaeology. I believe that the rockets that send people into orbit and probes to the stars only tell part of the story: much of the history of the space program is told by the launch facilities themselves. It was my dual interests in the space program and industrial archaeology that drove me to put this tour together.

You'll find me at the bottom of the picture on the left. The rockets you see in the picture (from left to right) are: Juno II, Tactical Redstone, Mercury Redstone, and Juno I. The silver shape you see lying on its side below and to the right of the Juno I is the tail-end of an Atlas F. This picture was taken in May of 1998 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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