Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida used to have the largest enclosed space of any building in the world - I'm not sure if it still holds that distinction or not. It is a landmark visible from the whole Space Coast and was required for building the Saturn V rocket to launch astronauts to the Moon in the 1960s. It's 4 high bays were designed to hold that many Saturn V rockets in the original most pessimistic estimates of what it would take to get to the Moon by the end of the decade. The Saturn V rocket with an Apollo spacecraft on its nose just barely cleared the high bay doors on the way to the launch pad. Today, the Space Shuttles are stacked inside before being rolled out to the launch pad and presumably in the future, our new moon rockets will also be assembled here. In this image, you can see some irregularities in the panels on the side of the building which are from the hurricane that blew through the area in 2004 - they're just finishing with repairs to the building.
This image was taken with the kit lens on my 20D with an exposure of 1/800 seconds at f/11, ISO 400. It was taken from the area where the Saturn V rocket that is now in the Saturn V center once sat, out in the weather next to the VAB. I am still posting pictures from my first day at KSC - yeah, I'm a space geek.