Inside NASA's Rubber Room!
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Walter S
Registered: Jun 09, 2006
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

Deep underneath the historic launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center are a couple rooms very few know about. A lost relic of the Apollo program that now serves as something like a time capsule. These rooms, known as the Rubber and Blast Rooms, were built as a way to escape a potential explosion of a Saturn V moon rocket. I was extremely lucky to finally be granted access to room while on an assignment with SpaceflightNow. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the adventure.

I blogged about my experience HERE!


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Launch Pad 39A Rubber Room by Scriptunas Images, on Flickr

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Launch Pad 39A Rubber Room by Scriptunas Images, on Flickr

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Launch Pad 39A Rubber Room by Scriptunas Images, on Flickr

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Launch Pad 39A Rubber Room by Scriptunas Images, on Flickr

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Launch Pad 39A Rubber Room by Scriptunas Images, on Flickr



BeaverMan
Registered: Aug 29, 2008
Total Posts: 435
Country: Canada

very cool!



Bill Gass
Registered: Feb 09, 2006
Total Posts: 3893
Country: United States

Very, Very Kool.



the888account
Registered: Oct 21, 2011
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Country: United Kingdom

Wow - fascinating insight here.



Walter S
Registered: Jun 09, 2006
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

Thanks everyone! It was a lot of fun to photograph. I would love to have the opportunity to go back and have a little more time to shoot in the future.



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2415
Country: United States

I sent your blog link to a friend of mine who is obsessed with the space programme and he had never heard of the Rubber Room, and was very interested. So am I for that matter! Nice find :-)



Mirza Ahmad
Registered: Jan 01, 2007
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Country: Netherlands


Thanks for sharing, interesting history lesson.
Mirza



mt-parker
Registered: Apr 14, 2011
Total Posts: 103
Country: United States

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!



tom cardin
Registered: Mar 08, 2005
Total Posts: 1991
Country: United States

I had never heard of the rubber room. Wonder how they figured there would be that much time? An explosion, would happen too fast for any life saving procedure.
Great look back into history, Walter. You are doing a great job.

Tom



Joe Costa
Registered: Dec 06, 2012
Total Posts: 90
Country: United States

Awesome post!



Walter S
Registered: Jun 09, 2006
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

Thanks guys! Happy that I could share the experience and information! I hope to do some more exploring soon of other lesser known parts of the space center. I certainly have plenty of time with the next launch not happening until 2017 or later sadly...



sozypozy
Registered: Jan 02, 2013
Total Posts: 600
Country: United States

picture no.5 is sooo cool! I like all the others but this one just got my attention. Those light rings?! are really cool



graham_martin
Registered: Jul 15, 2005
Total Posts: 1330
Country: United States

Walter has gained a well deserved reputation for his coverage of the final flights of the shuttles. I was happy to have worked alongside him during some of those last launches.



Dan Bellyk
Registered: Dec 24, 2007
Total Posts: 1827
Country: Canada

Very cool



rebelshooter
Registered: Apr 14, 2006
Total Posts: 883
Country: United States

Awesome



Walter S
Registered: Jun 09, 2006
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

I have received so much cool feedback from this shoot. Gizmodo and several other websites reposted my blog and I even received an e-mail from an Apollo astronauts son whose dad had taken him on a tour of the rooms when he was a kid. It's special to be able to photograph this type of stuff and the feedback makes it just that much more special. Thanks for looking!



joesfotosite
Registered: Nov 16, 2010
Total Posts: 90
Country: United States

That's so cool. Sights that most never get to see. Great shots!