Monday, August 27, 2012

Isaac Visits Cape Canaveral

The view out the front blast door of the blockhouse. The blast door is to the left.

Looking at the Rocket Garden through the blast windows — 45 glass panes pressed together.

I happened to have been at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum when a squall from Tropical Storm Isaac passed through this afternoon.

The museum is located in what was once the blockhouse for Launch Complex 26, where Explorer 1 was launched. Explorer 1 was the first American satellite in space, launched on January 31, 1958.

I can't think of a better place to watch a tropical event pass by. The walls are five feet thick of concrete, with a domed roof eight feet thick.

The blast windows facing each launch pad are 45 glass panes pressed together.

Looking out those windows at the squall, I thought, "Bring on the hurricane!" It's probably one of the safest places around here ... until someone pointed out that the 1950s-era cableways under the building would probably flood and leak water into the blockhouse. So much for that idea.

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