|Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Aside from a lot of other launches, the sign at the gate states "Welcome
to Complex 14: Launch Site of Free World's First ICBM & Free World's First Man In Orbit". The first ICBM was the Atlas missile
and the "Free World's First Man In Orbit" is, of course, John Glenn. The other Mercury astronauts in the Mercury-Atlas program
also lifted off from here. The bulbous blockhouse, once launch control for the Atlas missions, is now a conference center and the
road leading off to the right ends at the ruins of the launch pad surrounded by returning Florida scrub, the gantry long gone, the
remains rusting in the salt air from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The pipes sticking up above the blockhouse are periscopes through
which the launch crew inside could see what was going on outside.
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