The least-photographed view of Kennedy Space Center

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Comments (4)

Ryan Calhoun on March 11, 2008

It's just part of the complex behind the administration and operations buildings. I was standing on the catwalk between two buildings on the tour. In the first, they have a bunch of models set up, and in the second there are large windows overlooking the large cleanroom where they are building parts of the International Space Station. That second room was interesting though not very good for pictures, and the first room was just plain stupid. Walking back across the catwalk, I just though, this view is more interesting that a lot of the tour had been. I though, for the amount of money they are charging, they could take the tour groups right up to the launch pads instead of a mile away, and they could even drive the bus straight through the Vehicle Assembly Building. If I wanted to see models and reconstructions and watch IMAX movies, I could do that at the St. Louis Science Center (I did, in fact, in grade school on field trips). I went to NASA to see real things, and aside from a few recovered reentry capsules behind museum glass, we weren't allowed to get close to anything real. I didn't pay the extra price to have to steal shots through the end of the telephoto. So at this point in the day I was kind of down on the tour (which unfortunately is the only way to get inside the complex), and I took this picture.

To anyone who reads this, if you are planning a trip, unless you have a top-end professional camera and a press pass for a launch, don't waste your money. Just stay at the visitor center and the rocket garden where there's no admission cost, have a nice lunch, and be on your way. You'll be happier for it.

Also, I guess I was tired of re-photographing the same five things here that have already been done to death.

So, apparently that's what is going on here, Nicolas. I actually wasn't sure myself, until you asked the obvious question and I had to think about it a bit.

Cheers! Ryan

Ryan Calhoun on March 12, 2008

Actually, now that I think about it, there probably was an admission cost to get inside, since I think they took tickets just before going through security. But it's much less that the "NASA Close Up" tour, which was not very close at all.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 19, 2008

This, what people would call a lamp, seems to be rather friendly and protecting, or is it ready to light the whole compound? ;-) Thank you Ryan for your unusual angles to look at things and take photos, they make my phantasy bloom. :-) i am glad you shot those photos instead of doing the expensive tourist tour and photos. Those are unique, because they are true "Ryan Calhouns".

Best greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on March 19, 2008

Thank you May, you are very kind!

Greetings, Ryan

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 10, 2008
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    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/01/02 14:15:44
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 70.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/20.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash