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July 2009 Paul L. Gleiser


Lauch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, Florida

The launch pedestal at Launch Complex 34 with the two flame deflectors in the background. Near the bottom of the left column of the structure, the words "ABANDON IN PLACE" are stenciled. The first thought that comes to my mind when I see this structure is Stonehenge. This structure will last a long time and I think it's interesting to contemplate what some archeological team in the year 2909 will make of it. Launch Complex 34 was the site of seven launches. There were four Saturn 1 launches beginning with the first use of the pad on Oct. 27, 1961; and three Saturn 1B launches, ending with the launch of Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, on Oct. 11, 1968. Seventy one days following the last launch from Launch Complex 34, on December 21, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders would launch from Pad 39A on Apollo 8, the first circumlunar Apollo mission. Either Pad 39A or Pad 39B has been used for all subsequent U.S. manned space missions.

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