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Historical Context

Map 2




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Locating the Site

Map 1: United States Space Installations.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.


1. Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center), Texas
Space Environment Simulation Laboratory
Apollo Mission Control Center

2. National Space Technology Laboratories (now John C. Stennis Space Center), Mississippi/Louisiana
Rocket Propulsion Test Complex

3. Marshall Space Flight Center and the Alabama Space and Rocket Center (now U.S. Space and Rocket Center), Alabama
Redstone Test Stand
Propulsion and Structural Test Facility
Saturn V Dynamic Test Stand
Neutral Buoyancy Space Simulator
Saturn V Space Vehicle

4. Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Space Launch Complex 39

5. Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida
Launch Complexes 5/6, 26, 13, 14, 19, and 34 and the original Mission Control Center

6. Langley Research Center, Virginia
Variable Density Tunnel
Full Scale Tunnel
Eight-foot High Speed Tunnel
Lunar Landing Research Facility
Rendezvous Docking Simulator

7. Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland
Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility

8. Plum Brook Operations Division, Ohio
Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility

9. Lewis Research Center (now John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field), Ohio
Rocket Engine Test Facility
Zero Gravity Research Facility

10. Vandenberg AFB, California
Space Launch Complex 10

11. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California
Twenty-five Foot Space Simulator
Space Flight Operations Facility

12. Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, California
Pioneer Deep Space Station

13. Ames Research Center, California
Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel

14. White Sands Missile Range (now White Sands Test Facility), New Mexico
Launch Complex 33

Questions for Map 1

1. This map shows many of the facilities in the United States related to the Apollo program. The items listed under each center identify buildings or installations that represent that space center's specific contribution to the Apollo program. Use the lists to try to determine what role each site played.

2. Why do you think the work for the Apollo program was spread out over so many sites? (Additional information is provided in Reading 1.)

3. Locate the Kennedy and Marshall space centers, as well as the Manned Spacecraft Center (Johnson Space Center). In what states are they located? The Marshall Space Flight Center developed and tested the Saturn rocket that powered the Apollo spacecraft. The Manned Spacecraft Center (Johnson Space Center) designed the Apollo spacecraft and served as the Mission Control Center. The Kennedy Space Center assembled and launched the rockets. How do you think three different places located hundreds of miles apart could cooperate on a single project of this magnitude?

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