Inside The Private NASA Beach House Where Astronauts Relax Before Blast-Off


Photo: Rod Herrea via Flickr

NASA’s space program is set to end today, with the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.As is NASA tradition, the crew spent their final days relaxing in a private beach house near Cape Canaveral.

The 49-year-old house is about a mile from the launch pad and has played host to generations of astronauts who have barbecued on its patio and spent time with their loved ones, according to Huffington Post.

NASA purchased the modest yellow beach bungalow for $31,400 in 1963, and it has remained largely private and unknown even to many NASA employees, Motherboard reported.

The modest yellow house is located about a mile from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral

It's very homey, but no longer functions as a liveable house, according to NASA

The d├ęcor is very casual

Two cabinets are filled with liquor

Including bottles of champagne autographed by past flight crews

Which are mostly empty

More beachy decorations

NASA recently replaced two bedrooms with conference rooms

Is that a painted coconut?

The house has easy beach access

And a great outdoor patio

It's on a beautiful stretch of beach

Here's a great video on the history of the house (via Motherboard)

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