Launch Complex 34, Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
Cape Kennedy, Florida
Launch Complex 34 (LC-34) was a NASA launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station—known as Cape Kennedy Air Force Station from 1963 to 1973—used for Project Apollo. From 1961 to 1966, LC-34 successfully launched four Saturn I and two Saturn IB rockets on unmanned space missions. Tragedy struck at the site, however, during a launch test of the first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 1. On January 27, 1967, a cabin fire in the Command Module killed all three astronauts aboard. The accident brought all activities at the spaceport to a halt until further emergency equipment could be installed. Apollo 7 in October 1968 was the final space mission to use LC-34. NASA deactivated the complex in 1969. Only the launch platform remains today, serving as a memorial to the fallen Apollo 1 crew.