Detail of the sign at the corner of the inlet. It reads:
Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39, 1965
"Look across the Indian River ... it is from the tract of land east of
Titusville that the United States will fire its hopes toward the moon ...
From now on Titusville will be known as space exploration headquarters."
- Titusville Star Advocate report of NASA's August 24, 1961 announcement
This shoreline view changed forever after the U.S. Government acquired
north Merritt Island for the construction of a launch complex to send
Americans to the moon. By 1965, the massive Vehicle Assembly Building towered 52
stories above a surrounding landscape. On the ocean, NASA erected two launch
pads to serve as the departure points for the mighty Saturn V rockets.
Complex 39 has dominated the
shoreline opposite Titusville ever since, and uncounted thousands have enjoyed
this choice spot for view NASA's launches.
Today, the Space
Shuttle launches from Complex 39. Other exhibits and monuments along the
Space Walk of Fame describe America's pioneering efforts in space, and honor
the contributions of this community's people and industry.