Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center
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Top to bottom, left to right: Vehicle Assembly Building, Space Shuttle on launch pad 39A, Shuttle Landing Facility, Headquarters, Launch Control Center, and the Visitor Complex.
Airport typeSpaceport
OperatorNASA, SpaceX
LocationTitusville, Florida, USA
BuiltJuly 1, 1962 (1962-07-01)
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
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WebsiteNASA KSC home page
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John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is a spaceport near the Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. It is the place where the rockets of NASA and SpaceX are launched and landed.


There are about 700 facilities and buildings in the the 144,000 acres (58,000 hectares) of KSC.[1] The unique facilities of KSC are the 160-metre (525-foot) tall Vehicle Assembly Building, where the rockets are built, the Launch Control Center, where the rocket launches are controlled, and a 5-kilometre (3-mile) long Shuttle Landing Facility, where the Space Shuttles were landed after a long journey.

Vehicle Assembly Building

The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the large building at KSC. It assemble large rockets, for example the Saturn V and the Space Shuttle. The future rocket Space Launch System (SLS) will also be assembled there.

Launch Control Center

The Launch Control Center (LCC) is a building at KSC. It controls the rocket launches from Launch Complex 39 (39A, 39B, 39C).

Shuttle Landing Facility

The Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) is a facility of KSC. It was used for landing of the Space Shuttle until 2011. It is also used for take offs and landings for NASA airplanes, for example the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and some civilian airplanes.[2][3]

See also


  1. "Kennedy Creating New Master Plan". NASA. March 12, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  2. NASA (2007). "Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF)". NASA. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
  3. NASA (2007). "Shuttle Landing 101". NASA. Retrieved November 7, 2007.