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Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage

13 Septembre 2017

NASA's Kennedy Space Center remained closed Tuesday but appeared to have weathered Hurricane Irma well.

The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Inspection crews were out in full force.

Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. In a statement posted late September 12, city officials said they hoped to restore water pressure throughout the entire system September 13.

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Over at Kennedy's tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis. Gen. Wayne Monteith, who's in charge of Air Force operations. That track spared the center and surrounding region from the worst of the storm, but still subjected it to high winds, heavy rains and sporadic tornadoes. Images of an aerial tour of the center September 12 showed some roof and other exterior damage to some buildings, but not necessarily as serious as what KSC suffered when Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore in October 2016.

Kennedy Space Center, remains closed ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Melbourne, Florida, September 9, 2017.

Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage.

Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage