FREE image of Earth Observations taken by STS-122 Crewmember
S122-E-007690 (10 Feb. 2008) --- An almost nadir view of the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) was provided by one of STS-122 crewmembers with a digital camera. KSC is the NASA space vehicle launch facility and launch control center (spaceport) on Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida. The site is near Cape Canaveral, between Miami and Jacksonville. It is 34 miles (55 kilometers) long and around 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide, covering 219 square miles (567 square kilometers). Because much of KSC is a restricted area and only 9 percent of the land is developed, the site also serves as an important wildlife sanctuary; Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore are also features of this area. Pictured just below center is Launch Complex 39, with the roadway leading to the giant Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the west (above) of the two launch pads. Located 5 miles (8 kilometers) south is the KSC industrial area, where many of the Center's support facilities and the administrative Headquarters Building are located. The Shuttle Landing Facility can be seen northwest of the VAB, in frame center.
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