Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has played host to some of the most historic rocket launches in human history. In total, Launch Pad 39A was the platform for 11 Apollo missions and one Skylab mission, all using the Saturn V rocket. Accommodates medium to super-heavy class launch vehicles ; New Deployable Launch Systems to support small class launch vehicles The first SpaceX launch from pad 39A was SpaceX CRS-10 on February 19, 2017, using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle; it was the company's 10th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, and the first uncrewed launch from 39A since Skylab. Slidewire baskets slide into history. Indeed, a new spaceport had sent the first men to the Moon and back. It was the private spaceflight company’s first launch … Evolution of Launch Pad 39A Ever-changing 09.02.10 As Labor Day arrived in 1965, the hard work to construct Launch Complex 39's Pad A was complete, and the pad was ready to be turned over to NASA. On Friday, March 16 at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, technicians released for a final time the seven slidewire baskets from the 195-foot level. Early history. This activity culminated in the launch of Apollo 11 from Launch Pad 39A on July 16, 1969. The first SpaceX launch from pad 39A was SpaceX CRS-10 on February 19, 2017, using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle; it was the company's 10th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, and the first uncrewed launch from 39A since Skylab. Getting 39A operational took on a note of urgency after a Falcon 9 rocket explosion last September heavily damaged SpaceX’s original launch pad, located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just south of Kennedy Space Center. Launch history. First and last launches, for now: The Apollo 4 Saturn V liftoff (left) and STS-135 space shuttle launch were the first and last to leave Launch Pad 39A in 1967 and 2011, respectively. Launch Pad 39 A was the site of the first Saturn V launch, the Apollo 4 mission, and served the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 which took Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins to the moon. As Labor Day arrived in 1965, the hard work to construct Launch Complex 39's Pad A was complete, and the pad was ready to be turned over to NASA. Early history. The SpaceX-10 cargo mission to the International Space Station launched from launch complex 39A (LC-39A) on February 19, 2017. Slidewire baskets slide into history. Launch Pad 39B, site of 52 Space Shuttle Launches, has been completely modified and upgraded to support the next generation launch systems, including NASA’s new Space Launch System. Xenon lights and a lightning strike illuminate Pad 39A as the launch of the space shuttle Discovery is delayed due to inclement weather on Aug. 24, 2009.