Following Russia’s launching of Sputnik 1 and 2, President Kennedy mandated in 1962 that America would have a man walking on the Moon by the end of the decade. Immediately after this announcement, a joint venture was formed from government-experienced architects and engineers. The architectural firm assumed the leadership role and organized a 200-person team, tasked with creating visual material to sell the concept of a feasible structure to NASA and its leadership. The architect, and team, designed a back-to-back scheme that would better withstand hurricane force winds, considering that the structure was to be over 500 feet high.
NASA recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of the Apollo program. In the year 2000, the Launch Control Center and the Vehicle Assembly Building was awarded its historic landmark status, ahead of its 50-year requirement, based of the significance of the structures. To quote the National Register of Historic Places, from the Narrative Statement of Significance, “It has substantially maintained its integrity of design, materials, workmanship, feeling, setting, location, and association, as an intact resource still serving as the “brain and body” of launch Complex 39.”
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