The transition to NASA’s post-shuttle era is nowhere more obvious and more poignant than at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Officials there say they’re optimistic and talk about creating a 21st-century spaceport — the crew capsule Orion is under construction on the grounds. But the center is looking rough around the edges, like a historical site.
Aug. 9, 2013 Launchpad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral was used for the space shuttle program. The human spaceflight program has long been searching for a mission beyond low-Earth orbit, where NASA has been sending astronauts since the 1970s. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo