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Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Swords Into Plowshares

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, June 24, 2021
1. Swords Into Plowshares Marker
Inscription.  
Looking into the rearview mirror, we can only shake our heads at the fear and paranoia that chained two powerful nations to a seesaw of guided missiles and possible nuclear destruction. In that mirror we should also remember that it was the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States that triggered the greatest adventure in human history.

The Titan II was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which was designed to deliver nuclear weapons across oceans to the military and civilian population centers of a nation we believed threatened our country’s survival. As a reliable weapon of the Cold War, the Titan was decommissioned in 1987. Yet it was the reliability of this rocket that made it a likely choice as a launch vehicle for the Gemini missions in 1965 and 1966. The Titan II helped keep the Gemini astronauts safe; we will never really know if it did the same for the rest of us.

Rocket Data: Gemini-Titan II
Height: 109 ft (33.2 m)
Diameter: 120 in (3.05 m)
First and Second stage
propellants:
Nitrogen tetroxide and Aerozine
Swords Into Plowshares Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 24, 2021
2. Swords Into Plowshares Marker
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Lift-off thrust: 430,000 lbs

 
Erected by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceExplorationWar, Cold.
 
Location. 28° 31.419′ N, 80° 40.969′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Space Commerce Way and NASA Parkway West, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located within the Rocket Garden exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 NASA Pkwy W, Merritt Island FL 32953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aiming at the Heavens (a few steps from this marker); Shooting the Moon, Dreaming of Stars (a few steps from this marker); Learning to Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sun Rides a Workhorse (within shouting distance of this marker); Learning to Phone Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Power of Apollo (within shouting distance of this marker); Global Television Arrives (within shouting distance of this marker); Chasing the Russian Bear (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Titan II GLV
Gemini-Titan II Rocket image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 24, 2021
3. Gemini-Titan II Rocket
. Encyclopedia Astronautica website entry (Submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.) 

2. Race to the Moon. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website entry (Submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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