2017-08-11 / Business

Virtual tour explores NASA test stands

National Park Service documents portion of SSFL


UP CLOSE—A screenshot from the National Park Service’s new interactive, virtual tour of NASA’s test stand areas at the Santa Susana Field Lab. This stop on the tour is at the Coca test area. UP CLOSE—A screenshot from the National Park Service’s new interactive, virtual tour of NASA’s test stand areas at the Santa Susana Field Lab. This stop on the tour is at the Coca test area. In cooperation with NASA, the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program has produced an interactive, virtual tour of the test stand areas at the Santa Susana Field Lab in the southern hills of Simi Valley.

The virtual tour includes 360-degree panoramic views of the three test areas and the surrounding landscape, as well as the interiors of the test stands.

The documentation includes the six rocket test stands in the Alfa, Bravo and Coca test areas.

All test stands are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, given their significance in the contexts of the Cold War and space exploration and for their achievements in engineering and design.

Along with the virtual tour, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Documentation Project includes photography, 3-D modeling, laser scans, animation and drawings.

The Historic Documentation Program administers the Historic American Buildings Survey—the federal government’s oldest preservation program—and its companion programs, the Historic American Engineering Record and the Historic American Landscapes Survey.

Records of this and more than 40,000 other historic sites are maintained in a special collection at the Library of Congress.

To access the tour, visit www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/ssfl/intro.

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