The Kennedy Space Center is the primary launch facility for NASA, though regularly assists private firms with launch operations.
1962 – Kennedy Space Center goes into operation as the primary launch facility for NASA, receiving its name after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who had been the driving force behind the US space research endeavors.
1969 – A Saturn V rocket lifts off carrying the Apollo 11 craft, destined to be the first manned lunar landing.
1981 – NASA conducts the first launch of the Space Shuttle program, sending the Columbia into orbit. This marks the first manned flight of a spacecraft that had no previous unmanned test flights.
Merritt Island, FL, USA
3 ft. (1 m)
Manned and Unmanned Orbital and Suborbital
United States Federal Government (NASA), to include limited commercial operations