Apollo related facilities from the sky
Google EarthGoogle Earth is free satellite photograph browsing service provided by search engine Google. You can enjoy photos from the roof of your house, world wide scenic spots to mysterious ruins, hidden facilities by one click. And that resolution of provided photos are very high in some places and you can identify each car and man on such a high resolution area. There is now no plase of hidden location on the Earth.
In July 2009, "the moon mode" has been added to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing. Use the version 5.0 or later of GoogleEarth, you select a "moon" from the drop-down menu of the planet button on the toolbar, it changes on the moon mode. You can check landing sites of Apollo and various exploration satellite, and can enjoy as Street View photos taken. Further, in the guided tour, you can simulate how Apollo 11 lunar landing.
Google Earth is free software. Let's start up Google Earth with internet connection, then you can look any place you like. And select to display roads, rails, hotels, so it's useful to plan your next travel. If you once enter Google Earth Community then you can upload and share the remarkable or helpful place informaion you find. Download Google Earth (Google) There are some variety systems of Google Earth. Like Google Moon : map of the Moon, find the landing site of Apollo spacecraft. And Google Mars : map of the Mars.
Here try making flying tour to visit Apollo related facilities with Google Earth.
Apollo related facilitiesInstall Google Earth then click " Look with Google Earth" link in following explanation, you can see the facilities in your Google Earth.
If do not start Google Earth and "Save the file" window pops up, Please save this ".kml" file on your PC. Then Drag and drop it on Google Earth.
Speaking of Apollo-related facilities, First of all, this is the Kennedy Space Center. It is located in the eastern end of the Florida peninsula, Space shuttle and Apollo rocket flies from here towards the Atlantic Ocean in the east. After assembled in VAB, taken to one of the 39A/39B launch pad, Apollo rocket will be launched from here. When you visit the Kennedy Space Center in tourism, starting with a bus tour from KSC Visitor Center and Tour of each facility. Within this facility, there is the "Apollo-Saturn V Center" houses real Apollo Saturn rocket. Kennedy Space Center:Look with Google Earth Launch pad 39A:Look with Google Earth Launch pad 39B:Look with Google Earth Vehicle Assembly Building(VAB):Look with Google Earth Apollo Saturn V Center:Look with Google Earth KSC visitor center:Look with Google Earth KSC visitor center travel sketch (Japanese)
Texas, is the NASA Johnson Space Center is located in Houston, Texas. Control of the rocket took off from KSC is carried over to the Johnson Space Center. From the landing on the moon to return to Earth, all of its travel will be managed by control room of JSC.
When you visit the Johnson Space Center in tourism, starting with tram tour from JSC visitor center, it circulates each facility. Here also, real Apollo Saturn rocket is on display. Currently, in order to ensure this precious heritage from the wind and rain, sheds have been built. The satellite photos of Google Earth before, I was able to confirm the figure of Saturn V. Johnson Space Center:Look with Google Earth Saturn V in JSC:Look with Google Earth JSC visitor center:Look with Google Earth JSC visitor center travel sketch (Japanese)
The Huntsville, Alabama, there is a Marshall Space Flight Center, Dr. von Braun developed the Saturn rocket. Next to there, there are facilities for tourists "US Space and Rocket Center." Here also, real Apollo Saturn rocket is on display. Just around the corner, there was upright, real-size mock-up of the Saturn rocket. U.S. Space and Rocket Center:Look with Google Earth Saturn V in this center:Look with Google Earth Marshall Space Flight Center:Look with Google Earth U.S. Space and Rocket Center travel sketch (Japanese)
In New Orleans, there is a Lockheed Martin Michoud Assembly Facility. S-IC : the first stage of the Saturn V rocket booster had been produced by Boeing once here. At the entrance, S-IC-15 manufactured for Apollo 20, and will not be shipped forever, is on display today. You can see well the figure of the S-IC-15 in the satellite photo of Google Earth.
It should be noted that this S-IC-15 is relocated exhibition to Infinity Science Center of Mississippi near NASA John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) in 2016/06/16. Michoud Assembly Facility:Look with Google Earth Saturn V S-IC-15 in Michoud:Look with Google Earth Infinity Science Center:Look with Google Earth
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After an auspicious beginning as a royal land grant from French king Louis XV to a wealthy French citizen of New Orleans in 1763, the land Michoud Assembly Facility occupies remained in private ownership until 1940, when it was sold to the US government. Prior to World War II, the site was used to grow sugar, hunt muskrat, and build railroad and telephone lines. In 1941, the worlds largest industrial site was built, covering 43 acres of unobstructed, low-humidity, air-cooled space under one roof to construct C-46 cargo planes. The Korean War required the assembly of Sherman and Patton tanks there, while the space race compelled the design and assembly of the colossal Saturn I, IB, and V rocket boosters for the Apollo program that reported directly to Dr. Wernher von Braun. The 1970s saw the fabrication of the enormous external tank for the Space Shuttle program. Today, Michoud Assembly Facility continues to support the US space program by building major components for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (or MPCV).
Close to the White House, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., a large number of exhibit associated with the Apollo program are on display. If you are interested in aerospace and Apollo, please try to visit at least once. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM):Look with Google Earth NASM travel sketch (Japanese)
The Apollo program, for communication with the Apollo spacecraft toward the moon, large parabolic antenna located around on the earth was used. CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in rural Parkes Australia, is in one of them. This antenna was also a big success actually in flight of Apollo 11. Play an active part of the antenna is featured in the movie "The Dish". Also, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex that are active in active service until now from the time of Apollo, You can see a huge satellite dish. CSIRO Parkes radio telescope:Look with Google Earth Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex:Look with Google Earth Movie "The Dish" (Amazon.com)
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