Complex 9 launch pad
Complex 9 launch pad Zoom

This is the Complex 9 launch structure. The opening in the center is the flame trench. When the vehicle was launched, the blast was directed and cooled through a water jacket installed in the trench. To either side are stairs leading to the top of the structure.

Turn to the right
Skip ahead to the AC unit
Step back to see the launch structure
Photo courtesy of Steve Sanders
Mission Flight Control Officer, CCAFS
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