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The 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Aug 01, 2017 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

 

Kennedy Space Center is Turning 50 on August 1, 2017!

In the early 1960s, NASA’s bold Project Mercury and the success of Alan Shepard’s historic launch cultivated strong public interest in the United States’ space program. Spectators were drawn to the Space Coast of Florida to catch a glimpse of these remarkable facilities. Recognizing the public interest, NASA Administrator James Webb created a visitor program that would build on the support and goodwill of the public.

Beginning with the immensely popular self-guided driving tours of what was then Cape Kennedy, NASA proposed a plan with the help of the National Park Service to create a permanent visitor information center for the estimated 2.9 million visitors in 1967. Once complete, the new visitor center spanned 42 acres and featured examples of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo hardware, as well as exhibits, two theaters, and concession and souvenir facilities housed within two main buildings, and of course, the bus tours behind NASA’s gates. Jump forward to 2017, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is celebrating 50 years of sharing the NASA story.

We invite you to share your visitor complex memories over the last 50 years! Since 1967, you’ve witnessed breathtaking rocket and shuttle launches from up close, touched an actual moon rock, and learned about the men and women who made it all possible— straight from the source. Dive back into your photo albums and pick your favorite memory to share with us. Post them online using the hashtag #KSCVC50 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we will feature our favorites on August 1, 2017.

In the weeks preceding the anniversary, check back here to learn more about the history of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, currently operated for NASA by Delaware North.

 

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 1999

The 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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