Where are NASA’s space launch sites?

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has several space launch facilities in the United States and US controlled territories. The main East Coast facility in the Unites States is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Brevard County, Florida. This facility is adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center and is used for east-west launch orbit spacecraft.

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Kennedy Space Center fridge magnet

NASA’s main west coast facility is located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Located in Central California, Vandenberg is preferred for spacecraft requiring a north-south orbit.

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An Atlas V rocket on the launch pad at Vandenburg Air Force base

Kodiak Island facility is used by NASA for polar launch operations, providing a wide launch azimuth and unobstructed downrange flight path. The Reagan Test Site located in the South Pacific’s Kwajalein Atoll and the Wallops Island flight facility in Virginia are the other specialized NASA space launch facilities.

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Challenger space craft set for launch in Cape Canaveral amid heavy fog
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