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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
View a launch from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex All launches in Florida begin their journey on the launch pads of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or Kennedy Space Center.
Located in the Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach is one the closest locations to view rocket launches on the Space Coast. With a short walk down the beach, you can be within 5 miles of the launch. It is located within a National Park, so a $10 entrance fee is required.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
IN KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. The Kennedy Space Center complex offers the best place to watch the rocket launch.
Cape Kennedy Renamed Cape Canaveral Via The Back Door The U.S. Board of Geographic Names responded on October 9, 1973 by agreeing to officially recognize the name change from Cape Kennedy to Cape Canaveral at the national level. The name John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA remained the same.
NASA takes advantage of Earth’s natural rotation by launching toward the east from Cape Canaveral. The speed at which the Earth rotates at Cape Canaveral is roughly 914 mph, helping to give rockets some extra speed to reach their destination.
And although they’re not necessarily the best spots for viewing, you can sometimes see launches from the hotels on nearby Cocoa Beach, from Orlando, and even across the state in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Witnessing a live rocket launch is a jaw-dropping, bucket-list experience. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex provides the closest public viewing of rocket launches with live launch commentary from space experts.
“As the Earth rotates on its axis, it creates positive kinetic energy.” (1) The closer to the equator, the greater the kinetic energy is, which means a rocket launching from Cape Canaveral has to use 0.3 percent less energy.
A space shuttle launches into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This photograph shows the shuttle orbiter, solid rocket boosters and external tank. The space shuttle lands as a glider at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The missions are financed by private companies, NASA and the U.S. military. Astronauts have not launched here since July 8, 2011, the final flight of the space shuttle. But this will likely change soon. SpaceX plans a launch with astronauts as early as 2018.
“The sound, the pulsing… the light was so bright. That was amazing.” As the Halls learned, rockets are still launching from Cape Canaveral and thousands of people still see them by flocking to the region of Florida known as the Space Coast.
Beginning with space shuttle Columbia’s 1979 delivery to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the center has been home to each of the five flown shuttle orbiters for the duration of the Space Shuttle Program.