Google Street View Takes You Inside NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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Google announced on Thursday that it has added Street View Imagery of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its Google Maps platform, giving space fans an up-close look at sites such as the Space Shuttle launch pad and the engine room.

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To celebrate Kennedy Space Center's 50th birthday, Google released 6,000 panoramic views of the Kennedy Space Center -- its largest special collection of Street View imagery to date.

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"Countless space enthusiasts and kids around the world have grown up wanting to be an astronaut," Google wrote on its company blog. "Now, thanks to this collaboration with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, anyone can experience this awe-inspiring and historic place from wherever they may be, and virtually walk in the shoes of their astronaut heroes."

Users can virtually explore unique areas of the property, from seeing shuttles in hangars up close and the Launch Firing Room, which guided them from the ground. It's also possible to see two of the Space Shuttle Orbiters that recently entered retirement -- the Atlantis and Endeavour -- with Street View.

Google Maps is continually updating its database with new images and features. Earlier this week, the company rolled out planned service alerts for New York City's subway system within Google Maps.

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