These vintage photos of the Kennedy Space Center are mesmerizing

From moon rocks to Space Camp, rocket culture has always been an important part of life in Florida. These photos document the long and storied history of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, one of the coolest attractions in Central Florida.

All photos via Florida Memory.

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Lunar module in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville 1972
Lunar module in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville 1972
Tourists view the interior of one of the building at the space center 1970
Tourists view the interior of one of the building at the space center 1970
Interior view of the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center
Interior view of the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center
Person wearing space suit standing with visitors in front of the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville, Florida 1996.
Person wearing space suit standing with visitors in front of the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville, Florida 1996.
Buffet at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville, Florida 1996
Buffet at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island near Titusville, Florida 1996
Boys look at an exhibit while standing on the tread of a crawler-transporter
Boys look at an exhibit while standing on the tread of a crawler-transporter
Aerial view of Crawler-Transporter #1.
Aerial view of Crawler-Transporter #1.
Visitors viewing Mercury:Atlas rocket in the garden at the Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida.
Visitors viewing Mercury:Atlas rocket in the garden at the Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida.
Man heating Space shuttle material during demonstration at the Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida.
Man heating Space shuttle material during demonstration at the Kennedy Space Center - Merritt Island, Florida.
Tourists lined up to walk through the Space Shuttle orbiter mock-up %22Ambassador%22 on display at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida.
Tourists lined up to walk through the Space Shuttle orbiter mock-up %22Ambassador%22 on display at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida.