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Celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Space Center with us. On July 1, 1962, NASA officially activated the Launch Operations Center at the seaside spaceport. 50 years later, the Kennedy Space Center has become internationally synonymous with space travel.

Relive the past 50 years of Kennedy Space Center by testing your knowledge of the top news headlines from KSC. Match the year with the headline to win a pair of tickets to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!


News Headlines:

1. On July 29, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Public Law 85-568 to establish the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) swearing in T. Keith Glennan as the first administrator of NASA.

2. President Johnson renames both the Launch Operations Center and the Cape Canaveral Auxiliary Air Force Station the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

3. NASA launches first Space Shuttle, Columbia, to become the world's first re-useable spacecraft.

4. Space Shuttle Columbia and the seven-member crew are lost over east Texas during the landing descent to Kennedy Space Center.

5. Pioneer 10 is launched to Jupiter from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

6. Space Shuttle Challenger is destroyed and 7 crew members are lost 73 seconds into flight.

7. Commander Neil Armstrong takes Apollo 11 on its first lunar landing mission on a Saturn V.

8. The New Horizons spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral beginning its nine-year trip toward Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

9. Gus Grissom and John Young first NASA astronaut “crew” involved with launch of the Gemini Program aboard the spacecraft Molly Brown.

10. Alan B. Shepard Jr. launches from Complex 5 at Cape Canaveral as first American to make a space flight.

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