UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES

Nasa’s mysterious abandoned launch sites

Nasa's abandoned launch sites
Nasa’s abandoned launch sites

The brave astronauts who risked their lives to venture into the unknown have been hailed as the heroes of the space race.

But the incredible infrastructure that sent these men and women into orbit has largely been forgotten, leaving haunting reminders of one of humanity’s greatest achievements.

For the best part of half a century, one photographer has been on an adventure across the US to capture abandoned Nasa sites before they are lost to their environment.

An inside look: Pictured is a Saturn V F1 engine at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
An inside look: Pictured is a Saturn V F1 engine at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
The nuts and bolts: Pictured is a cable tunnel at the Gemini Titan Complex 19 in Florida, pictured in 1993.
The nuts and bolts: Pictured is a cable tunnel at the Gemini Titan Complex 19 in Florida, pictured in 1993.

Often overlooked in early space history, the Gemini program provided the basic research for many critical steps in proving that men could survive long duration flights in space and testing the orbital rendezvous procedures which would eventually be used in the Apollo program.

Revived: A launch ring restored at the Apollo Saturn Complete 34
Revived: A launch ring restored at the Apollo Saturn Complete 34

In 1998, the launch ring at Complex 34 was sandblasted and painted to protect it from weathering.

Apollo Saturn Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Apollo Saturn Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Source: photographer Roland Miller, NASA

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