Display location: Front of the museum blockhouse
Established by the
United States Air Force in 1950 as the Joint Long Range
Proving Ground, this area supported the initial development
of America's space program. The era of the Space Age for the
U.S. began on this site with the launch of America's first
satellite, Explorer I, in 1958; followed soon after with the
launch of America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, in 1961.
Known today as Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the base
has hosted more than three thousand launches including
manned missions, robotic voyages exploring our solar system,
and military missions designed to protect the American way
This monument was presented during the ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the launch of Explorer I on 31 January 2008.