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, 2013Launchpad 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
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