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Kennedy Space Center Named 49 Years Ago

On November 29, 1963, one week after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, President Johnson issued an Executive Order to rename NASA’s Launch Operations Center as Kennedy Space Center, in his honor.

JFK (right) at Cape Canaveral

Whereas President John F. Kennedy lighted the imagination of our people when he set the moon as our target and man as the means to reach it; and

Whereas the installations now to be renamed are a center and symbol of our country’s peaceful assault on space; and

Whereas it is in the nature of this assault that it should test the limits of our youth and grace, our strength and wit, our vigor and perseverance – qualities fitting to the memory of John F. Kennedy:

JFK with Astronaut John Glenn

Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, I hereby designate the facilities of the Launch Operations Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the facilities of Station No. 1 of the Atlantic Missile Range, in the State of Florida, as the John F. Kennedy Space Center; and such facilities shall be hereafter known and referred to by that name.

November 29, 1963

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