The Sands Space and History Center was originally named The Air Force Space and Missile History Center. The Center is an extension of the Air Force Space Missile Museum in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Situated just outside of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s south gate, the Sands Space and History Center is free for visitors to explore, and a Cape access pass isn’t needed. The History Center houses displays and historic information for each of the Launch Complexes at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.



Visitors can find restrooms and a gift shop inside the Sands Space and History Center. There is also a shaded picnic area located just outside of the doors of the building, offering a place for guests to enjoy a lunch and some sunny weather in the afternoon. Visitors can purchase cold beverages inside the History Center. The Sands Space and History Center is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. It’s also open on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

The Sands Space and History Center is a part of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Museum. The museum preserves the spirit and the hardware of the ventures by the United States into space. Many different displays of rockets, missiles, and other related space equipment can be seen throughout the museum.

The unique Air Force Space and Missile Museum showcases how the Air Force has been a significant player in the space program of America, and highlights activities done at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station starting back in 1950 up through present day. The main mission of the museum is the collection, restoration, and display of various historically significant items that are associated with the heritage and development of the space launch activities carried out by the United States Air Force. Gift shop operations and tours are available to visitors thanks to the work of several dedicated volunteers.

Since it first opened to visitors back in 1966, the Air Force Space and Missile Museum has provided millions of guests with the history of space flight and rocketry. The grounds of the museum consists of two adjoining launch complexes: the Launch Complex 5/6 and the Launch Complex 25. In 1958, the site of Launch Complex 26 is where the United States Army conducted the first successful launch of an American satellite, the launch of the Explorer I.

Thirty-six launches took place at Launch Complex 26 before it was deactivated in 1963. In 1957, the early Redstone, Juno, and Jupiter flights took place.The future of manned space flights was paved by the launch of three primates at the site back in the year 1958. Launch Complex 5/6 served as the launch site for Project Mercury’s earliest missions. In 1961, the first American astronauts were launched from Pad 5 at the Launch Complex 5/6.

100 Space Port Way, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Phone: 321-853-1919

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