NASA’s Crawler-Transporter Tread Shoe
This display is a single Crawler Tread shoe that was used on the enormous NASA Crawler-Transporters. These transporters were used to move the Apollo spacecraft, Skylab space station, and other space shuttles to the launch site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA's Crawler-Transporter, desighned (sic) and built by Marion Power Shovel, were the two most massive vehicles were made. One of the Crawler's unique features was the giant tracks or treads that propelled the vehicle along. There were eight treads, two per corner, with each track containing 57 shoes. Each shoe was 7.5 feet long, 1.5 feet wide, and weighed 12,100 pounds.
The complete crawler weighed 16 million pounds and
could carry a load of 6,000 tons.
When a rocket was loaded onto the Crawler, it was
mounted vertically on the launch assembly and transportation by the Crawler
to the launchpad.
Erected by Brookpark, Ohio NASA facility.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Marion Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cummins Home (approx. one mile away); Norman Mattoon Thomas (approx. 1.1 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Underground Railroad / The Marion County Trial of Bill Anderson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Marion Steam Shovel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jacob's Well (approx. 1½ miles away); Harding Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 1, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.