Kennedy Space Center has a new visitor as The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket joins the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
- The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket has been added to the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- The public exhibit will preserve the lasting legacy of the rocket that fostered the Global Positioning System (GPS) and enabled the exploration of Mars.
- ULA Delta II was launched 155 times with missions including NASA’s rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the Phoenix Mars Lander, ICESat-2, all operational GPS missions through the constellation of 21 GPS II-R missions for the Air Force and commercial missions for Iridium, Globalstar, and three DigitalGlobe satellites.
- Other rockets featured in the Rocket Garden include the ULA-heritage Delta-Thor, Juno 1 and Juno II, Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas and Atlas-Agena, Gemini-Titan II and the Saturn 1B launch vehicles.
What They’re Saying:
- Tory Bruno, ULA’s President and CEO: “While IceSat-2 marked its final mission in 2018, Delta II’s legacy will live on in the technology and exploration it delivered for nearly 30 years, including GPS and the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. We are excited to honor the legacy of the Delta II and pay tribute to the people who designed, built and launched it for nearly three decades.”
- Therrin Protze, Chief Operating Officer: “The Rocket Garden is our most photographed attraction here at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and when you visit you know why. The rockets here represent so much more than just engineering feats of technology. They are a permanent tribute to the scientists and engineers who turned dreams of spaceflight into reality. The Rocket Garden is a testament to the innovation of our space program, and the addition of ULA’s Delta II represents our recent accomplishments in space exploration. It’s something you cannot see anywhere else.”