Kennedy Space Center
Aerial view of
|Formed||July 1, 1962|
|Annual budget||US$350 million (2010)|
|Website||NASA KSC home page|
KSC shown in white;
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is one of ten
Though the first Apollo flights, and all
Additionally, the center manages launch of robotic and commercial crew missions, researches food production and
There are about 700 facilities grouped across the center's 144,000 acres.
 Among the unique facilities at KSC are the 525 ft tall
The military had been performing launch operations since 1949 at what would become
NASA began land acquisition in 1962, buying title to 131 square miles (340 km2) and negotiating with the state of Florida for an additional 87 square miles (230 km2).
 The major buildings in KSC's Industrial Area were designed by architect
On November 29, 1963, the facility was given its current name by President Lyndon B. Johnson under
Executive Order 11129.
 Johnson's order joined both the civilian LOC and the military Cape Canaveral station ("the facilities of Station No. 1 of the Atlantic Missile Range") under the designation "John F. Kennedy Space Center", spawning some confusion joining the two in the public mind. NASA Administrator