Pad Surface Detail, Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, October 2015
"This is the spot where humans are going to travel to Mars from!" my guide yelled, above the noise of high pressure cleaning equipment motors and water spray. He looked up toward the sky and then guided my gaze across the rusting and corroded surface of pad 39B toward the work crews and equipment renovating the historic pad that saw launches through the Space Shuttle program - including it's very first launch, STS-51-L Challenger mission that on January 28, 1986, broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members. "There's so much going on. We're getting ready!"