We promise today isn't going to be all about space, but this was just too cool to pass up. NASA recently unveiled Google Street view for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in recognition of the launch center's 50th anniversary. Comprising 6,000 panoramic views of the KSC facilities, this location is Google's largest special collection of Street View imagery to date. And holy heck is it stunning.
According to Google:
Among the images you can now explore online with the click of your mouse are the space shuttle launch pad, Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Firing Room #4. Gaze down from the top of the enormous launch pad, peer up at the towering ceiling of the Vehicle Assembly Building (taller than the Statue of Liberty) and get up close to one of the space shuttle's main engines, which is powerful enough to generate 400,000 lbs of thrust. And even though they recently entered retirement, you can still get an up-close, immersive experience with two of the Space Shuttle Orbiters-the Atlantis and Endeavour -with Street View. From these vantage points, anyone can live out his or her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.
Featured here is the video introduction to Kennedy Space Center Street View, and below you'll find a handful of screenshots from Google's latest batch of imagery (you can click any of the photos below to enlarge) — but your best bet is to go explore the launch center for yourself.
Inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center
Apollo 14 Command Module
View from the bottom of launch pad 39a
View from the top of launch pad 39a
Space Shuttle main engines