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NASA's Kennedy Space Center, located on Merrit Island just off the east coast of Florida, is the site of all Space Shuttle launches. This true color Landsat-7 scene shows the center, one shuttle launch pad (39A, top center in the image), and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most of the areas surrounding the facilities are coastal wetlands. These havens support 15 wildlife species federally listed as endangered or threatened, including sea turtles, West Indian manatees, southern bald eagles, wood storks, peregrine falcons, eastern indigo snakes, and Florida scrub jays.
This image was aquired and processed by the USGS Eros Data Center in May, 1999.
International Space Station Astronaut Leroy Chiao, like the rest of NASA, tracks key milestones for the Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight operations. A lucky overpass of the Space Station over Florida on April 6, 2005, allowed Leroy and his crew mate Salizhan Sharipov a unique view of the rollout of the Space Shuttle Discovery. At the time of his observations, Discovery was approximately midway between the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.