A Space Age Dream Deferred

What you're seeing are the remains of the Aerojet-Dade rocket manufacturing plant, built in 1963, deep in the Everglades. "Space Miami" documents how the people there hoped to put a man on the moon, and how those hopes were dashed.

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It's amazing to see their efforts, and it's a shame that they went to waste. The solid-fuel rockets they built were tested in a 150ft deep hole, the deepest in Florida. But the liquid-fuel Saturn rockets were eventually chosen, and Aerojet lost their contract. They then abandoned the factory. This is all that's left. [Vimeo via BoingBoing]

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technomom1
technomom1

So sad. We need more places like this, not less. (active rocket science places, not abandoned..)

Her description of "You think you're going to nowhere...and then it was like something grew out of the ground....a whole place all of its own." is a very good description of another modern day rocket facility, the ATK Launch Systems facility outside of Corinne, Utah.

[maps.google.com]

If you're ever looking for an interesting place to visit in the middle of nowhere in Utah, check it out.

I'm not sure how they're doing today but I was there about 5 years ago and they were working on pieces of the Ares project (for Mars). Back then, they were desperately trying to hire young engineers for the place, since a lot of their workforce consisted of older, shuttle era engineers close to retirement. I hope they are still looking forward.