If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Say 'Save Me!'
by Robert Pearlman
Lets not throw away History !
This seems to me to be a very worthy cause. ken
first few paragraphs:
The scoop: The scorched bricks beneath Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center have witnessed decades of spaceflight history. But after a recent space shuttle launch blew thousands of them from the pad, NASA intends to throw these pieces of history away.
If the brick walls beneath Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A could talk, they might recount the stories of some of NASA's most historic missions over the past 50 years. But part of them may soon be lost forever.
Thirty-nine years ago this July, a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Pad 39A, sending a crew of three men on their way toward the first manned lunar landing.
The powerful exhaust from the 363-foot booster had to be tamed or else risk destroying the pad. So in 1965, when NASA engineers designed 39A, they built the aptly titled "flame trench" -- a 500-foot-long-by-60-foot-wide-by-four-story-deep tunnel to safely deflect the searing flames and smoke away from launch vehicle and the pad. .....