Saturday, September 13, 2014

Retro Saturday: KSC Visitor Information Center

Click the arrow to watch the film on YouTube.

The series has been on hiatus for a while, but in 2012-2013 I wrote articles about the early history of Kennedy Space Center's visitor center. It's gone through several name changes over the years, from Tourist Information Center in 1964 to today's Visitor Complex.

This week's Retro Saturday film is an 8½ minute documentary produced in 1974 by the State of Florida Development Commission to promote what was then known as the Visitor Information Center. “The VIC” as it was known then had opened in August 1967. This isn't the original 1967 configuration but it's close.

This is the period when KSC was transitioning from the Apollo era to Shuttle. Skylab had just ended and Apollo-Soyuz was about to launch. A brief clip shows an Apollo-Soyuz mockup on display in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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