The Lonely Launchpads and Rusted Rockets of America’s Abandoned Space Facilities
“WE CHOOSE TO GO TO the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” On September 12, 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed America’s intention to send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s. The speech was a call to action, and a persuasive argument for space exploration.
It also foreshadowed the immense effort and cost involved in beginning a space race with the Soviet Union, a high-wire act that would culminate some seven years later with Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the surface of the Moon. Yet today, some of the remnants of the formative years of space travel–the launch towers, tunnels, and control rooms–lie dormant, abandoned, repurposed or in some cases, completely destroyed.