Near Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
"… one of the most complex tasks ever presented to man in this country -- the achievement of manned flight in orbit around the earth." - John F. Kennedy Thirty-Fifth President of the United States
This marker commemorates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Project Mercury, which first put free men into space. The four manned orbital capsules were boosted into space by Atlas rockets, which were launched by the United States Air Force from Complex 14, located 2200 feet east of here at 28° 29' 27.1426" North Latitude and 80° 32' 49.6107" West Longitude. Contained in a capsule herein to be opened in the year 2464 A.D., are technical reports of these flights.
Dedicated 1964 A.D., to the thousands of men and women of the free world who contributed to the success of Project Mercury.
"Si Monumentum Requiris Circumspice" Anon.
Erected as a public service by General Dynamics Corporation
Erected 1964 by General Dynamics Corporation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & SpaceFormer U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list.
Location. 28° 29.451′ N, 80° 33.215′ W. Marker is near Cape Canaveral, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on ICBM Road, on the right when traveling north. This marker is on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is not open to public traffic. The most likely way to visit this marker is via the Kennedy Space Center bus tour from the visitor's center. You'll have to pay the general admission to the visitor's center. There is more than one bus tour available. To see this marker, be sure to take the bus tour for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Again, this site is not open to the public except for these tour groups. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Canaveral FL 32920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Launch Complex 34 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (approx. 3.4 miles away); First United States Space Launch (approx. 3.4 miles away); Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 6.8 miles away); Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 6.9 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Canaveral.
1. "Si Monumentum Requiris Circumspice"
The latin inscription on the marker means "if you seek [a] monument, look around". The phrase is generally used to describe a legacy - and can be taken to mean that what we leave behind best represents our life.
It took 35 years to complete London's magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral. When its architect, Sir Christopher Wren, died twelve years later in 1723, he was entombed inside, under a simple slab of black marble. Wren's son placed a dedication nearby, which contains the words "Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice" ("Reader, if you seek a monument, look around you"). Adapted from Merriam-Webters's Dictionary
— Submitted July 27, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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