Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was first installed by the Air Force Space Commands 45th Space Wing. There are still four active launch pads. There have been many different names for this Air Force Station such as "Cape Kennedy." There were many first exploration were launched from here. This is the home of Pioneer 1, which was one the first spaceship NASA launched.
Backstory and Context
The base was also involved with Project Gemini in 1962-1966, which was NASA's second human spaceflight program, this program was used to help with the big Apollo mission, it would send men out for missions long enough as the moon, they would launch to test space travel and find the best options. The main objective of this project was to find the best spaceflight techniques. "The Gemini 9 mission tested different ways of flying near another spacecraft. It also included a spacewalk. Gemini 10 connected with another spacecraft and used its engines to move both vehicles. The Gemini 11 mission flew higher than any NASA mission before. The last mission, Gemini 12, solved problems from earlier spacewalks." (NASA). There were twelve launches, ten of them were manned. The astronaut corps involved with the Project Gemini were Mercury Seven, The New Nine and the 1963 astronaut class.
The development of these bases in the early 50's, especially with NASA in 1958 this formed Florida's space coast. The space coast had attracted many because of the rocket blasts and the jobs the industry has to offer. The space industry was sky rising throughout the 60's and 70's the space coast had exploded into the nation's main facilities for space exploration. John F. Kennedy idea of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade was a driving force to get men into space and the progression of the space industry. The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was the location of the original mission control room during the original Apollo mission. The Apollo XI was launched from Cape Kennedy which was the mission that brought humanity to the moon for the first time. The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is a historical piece of land that has made the greatest achievement of mankind.
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