Have you ever considered the logistics that go into assembling NASA’s gargantuan rockets? Well, it all happens in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center.
The VAB is the only building in existence that assembled rockets that carried humans to the surface of another world. It was completed just three years before we set foot on the Moon.
The 2,664,883 cubic meter (129,428,000 cubic feet) building is one of the world’s largest buildings by volume, and it is the world’s largest one-story building. It was built in the early 1960s to house Saturn V rockets of the Apollo Program, and later it was used for Space Shuttle launch configuration. Now, it’s being prepped to support the SLS—the rocket that may carry the first humans to Mars.
Ultimately, this building is a critical part of NASA’s plans to launch humans (and equipment) into the far reaches of our solar system. But don’t start packing your bags to visit; no tours are open to the public. Since 2014, it has been referred to as one of the “restricted areas of America’s Spaceport”
Recently though, Futurism got a peek into the VAB, and some inside information from NASA experts on what the future holds for the historic site.