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final frontier

Google and NASA offer virtual tours of the Kennedy Space Centre

NASA gave Google Maps photographers unprecedented access to the centre.

IF THE CLOSEST you’ve ever gotten to space exploration is watching episodes of Star Trek, help is at hand.

NASA has given Google Maps photographers unprecedented access to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to build up a massive collection of photos of exactly what it’s like inside the giant facility.

The StreetView photos show launch pads, control rooms and  the resting place of the space shuttle Atlantis in what is the largest special – i.e. not just outdoor streets – project every undertaken by Google Streetview.

You can check it out here, while this video gives a teaser of what to expect:

(Video via Google/YouTube)

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