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“Great Hidden Gem”

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

A great free (donations accepted) museum showing the history of the Cape. (and the gift shop prices are cheaper than KSC Visitors Complex)

4  Thank Brian J
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Regrettably, the fabulous weekly tours offered by the 45th Space Wing have been suspended indefinitely. The not free Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Up-Close Cape Canaveral: Then And Now Tour is now the only means by which to see the historic landmarks at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and to learn about the early history of space exploration. Nevertheless, it gives an important prelude to the rest of the Kennedy Space Center sights. A virtual tour is available at http://www.afspacemuseum.org/virtual/ of the history center, the museum and Hanger R and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1oceN3jmSg of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

2  Thank cuppajava
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

I tried to see this museum during a brief afternoon port stop on a cruise ship. Just a warning to others - this museum has limited hours and closes at 2 pm on weekdays, and there are no cabs coming by on a regular basis. So plan accordingly.

3  Thank PhineasWiser
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Not well advertised but definitely worth a visit! This museum is run entirely by volunteers and they spent a considerable amount of time explaining the exhibits. An excellent compliment to the Kennedy Space Center.

3  Thank AvidTravellerCalgary
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

This tour, formerly conducted by the Air Force, is now offered once per day by the Space Center. They take you onto the Cape Canaveral Air Force base to see many of the original launch sites, beginning with tests of the German V-2 rockets. Most people, me included, don't realize or have forgotten that the Kennedy Space Center was built specifically for the Shuttle Program. Alan Shepard and Scott Carpenter both were launched from the Air Force property. The tour includes control centers and blockhouses that, in some cases, still contain the vintage computer or pre-computer equipment used for those launches. In some cases all that is left are the cement pads and/or partial buildings. There is still a thrill from being in or on the exact location of these very historic events. In addition the tour includes active launch sites where the new generation of rockets are being tested. Also, since the tour guides are former space industry workers of all levels,. you are getting first-hand information in many cases. I recommend this for anyone who wants to understand how we got to where we are in today's space program and what the cost was.

2  Thank AtlantaJim
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