Next Stop: Historic Launch Complex 39A

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts walk outside the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to head out to the launch pad for the Crew-3 launch on Nov. 10, 2021.
The SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts walk out through the double doors below the Neil A. Armstrong Building’s Astronaut Crew Quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 10, 2021. Photo credit: NASA

The astronauts who will soon fly to the International Space Station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission just walked out of the double doors below the Neil A. Armstrong Building’s Astronaut Crew Quarters and made their way to the Tesla Model X cars that will take them to Launch Complex 39A.

Since the late 1960s, Pads A and B at Launch Complex 39 have supported America’s major space programs, with Pad A used most frequently for launches under the Space Shuttle Program. After the retirement of the shuttle program in 2011, Pad A helped usher in a new era of spaceflight with the historic Demo-1 launch for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which returned human spaceflight capability to the U.S.

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