John F Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center Complex, NASA, Cape Canaveral FL
The John F. Kennedy Space Center is the U.S. government installation that manages and operates America’s astronaut launch facilities. Serving as the base for the country’s space shuttles, the NASA field center also conducts unmanned civilian launches from adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It has been the launch site for every U.S. human space flight since 1968. Its iconic Vehicle Assembly Building is the fourth-largest structure in the world by volume.
Located on Merritt Island, Florida, the center is north-northwest of Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Miami and Jacksonville on Florida’s Space Coast. It is 34 miles (55 km) long and roughly 6 miles (10 km) wide, covering 219 square miles (570 km2). A total of 13,500 people worked at the center as of 2008.