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In Photos: NASA's Historic Launch Pad 39A, from Apollo to Shuttle to SpaceX

STS-125

NASA/Fletcher Hildreth

Under a dry, hot, cloud-washed Florida sky, space shuttle Atlantis roars off Launch Pad 39A with its crew of seven for a rendezvous with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on May 11, 2009. [Hubble FAQ: Inside the Last Space Telescope Repair Mission]

Storm over STS-127

Bill Ingalls/NASA

Storm clouds roll in over Pad 39A on July 10, 2009 as space shuttle Endeavour stands awaiting the launch of STS-127. [The History of Shuttle Launch Delays]

Lightning Delays STS-128

Ben Cooper/NASA

Xenon lights and a lightning strike illuminate Pad 39A as the launch of the space shuttle Discovery is delayed due to inclement weather on Aug. 24, 2009. [VIDEO: STS-128 Shuttle Mission Boosts ISS Science]

Launch Control Center

NASA

The launch control room at Kennedy Space Center awaits the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on March 11, 2010.

STS-133

NASA/Jack Pfaller

The rotating service structure, which provides weather protection and access to the shuttle, moves into place around space shuttle Discovery on Launch Pad 39A prior to the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Feb. 1, 2011. [Photos of Discovery's Final Mission: STS-133]

STS-134

NASA/Jack Pfaller

Space shuttle Endeavour stands at Launch Pad 39A. The shuttle launched for its final mission, STS-134, in May 2011. [NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on Final Voyage]

STS-135

NASA/Troy Cryder

Space shuttle Atlantis is revealed at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A following retraction of the pad's Rotating Service Structure on July 7, 2011. [NASA's Last Shuttle Mission in Pictures]

Lease Announcement

Dan Casper/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

On April 14, 2014, Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana announced that NASA signed a lease agreement with SpaceX for use and operation of Launch Complex 39A. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Gwynne Shotwell, president and CEO of SpaceX, were present for the announcement. [Read the full story]

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