To celebrate the Kennedy Space Center’s 50th birthday, Google took its Street View cameras into the famous Florida facility and captured multiple panoramic pictures with which you can purview the rockets, shuttles, and more.
“Countless enthusiasts grew up longing to see a space shuttle up close and walk in the paths of astronauts,” Google says. “Today, a collaboration between NASA and Street View is enabling people around the world to take a trip to the doorway to outer space, and see Kennedy as it transitions into a multipurpose launch complex for the next 50 years of space innovation.”
The space center is now Google’s largest special collection of Street View imagery to date, the company says, “totaling 6,000 panoramic views of the facilities, and expanding our mission to document the world’s most amazing places.”
Among the images to explore online are the space shuttle launch pad, Vehicle Assembly Building, and Launch Firing Room #4. “Gaze down from the top of the enormous launch pad, peer up at the towering ceiling of the Vehicle Assembly Building (taller than the Statue of Liberty) and get up close to one of the space shuttle’s main engines, which is powerful enough to generate 400,000 pounds of thrust,” Google adds. “From these vantage points, anyone can live out his or her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.”