On November 16, 1963—49 years ago—JFK visited the space center at Cape Canaveral.

President Kennedy toured Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pad B, Complex 37, where he and Senator George Smathers of Florida were briefed on the Saturn rocket by Dr. Werner Von Braun (not pictured).

Tragically, JFK would be assassinated less than a week later as he rode through Dealey Plaza, Dallas in a motorcade.

Known as the “Launch Operations Center” the space center was renamed “Kennedy Space Center” on November 29, 1963, one week after Kennedy’s assassination.

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

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