Cape Canaveral AFS & Kennedy Space Center

Photographs copyright Shaun O'Boyle 2008


A view of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center from Canaveral National Seashore. This is the location of the early Mercury and Gemini missions, leading up to the Apollo space flights to the Moon. This is a look, fifty years later, at the historic rockets, early computers, scientific hardware and abandoned launch pad landscapes that all played a critical part in the journey to the Moon.


Space Shuttle Discovery on launch pad 39A. . These photographs are from an ongoing project to photograph Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center. I was 9 years old when man first landed on the Moon, so interest in space travel was very much a part of my developing years. The hardware that allowed these missions to be completed is still here, rusting away in the salty Florida air.


Thor-Able rocket, the first in a long line of missiles which include the modern day Atlas rockets. The Thor-Able rocket launched the Pioneer 1 spacecraft in October 1958, the first launch of a spacecraft by the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.


Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missile first stage engine. The early space program and military programs were closely linked, sharing technologies and launch areas. Many of the rocket designs were direct decendents of the German V2 rocket, and in fact were designed by some of the same german scientist, brought over from Germany at the end of WWII.


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