Launch Complex 39 (LC-39)  is a  rocket launch site  at the  John F. Kennedy Space Center  on  Merritt Island  in  Florida ,  USA .

Launch Complex 39 (LC-39) is a rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in FloridaUSA.

 Launch Complex 39 (LC-39) is a rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Florida, USA.

Launch Complex 39 (LC-39) is a rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Florida, USA.

  An elevated water tank near each pad provided sound buffering protection for the launching spacecraft.

An elevated water tank near each pad provided sound buffering protection for the launching spacecraft.

  Part of the Sound Suppression Water System (SSWS), the 290-foot (88 m) water towers stored 300,000 gallons (1.1 Megalitres) of water, which was released just before engine ignition.

Part of the Sound Suppression Water System (SSWS), the 290-foot (88 m) water towers stored 300,000 gallons (1.1 Megalitres) of water, which was released just before engine ignition.

  The water discharged onto the launch platform during lift-off muffled the intense sound waves produced by the first stage F1   engines. Due to heating of the water, a large quantity of steam was produced during launch.

The water discharged onto the launch platform during lift-off muffled the intense sound waves produced by the first stage F1 engines. Due to heating of the water, a large quantity of steam was produced during launch.

  A flame deflector was slid on rails into place under the launch pedistal. This system allowed for rotation with a second flame deflector, after the first was refurbished after each launch. 

A flame deflector was slid on rails into place under the launch pedistal. This system allowed for rotation with a second flame deflector, after the first was refurbished after each launch. 

  Each pad had a 200-foot (61 m) evacuation tube running from the Mobile Launcher platform to a blast-resistant bunker 39 feet (12 m) underground, equipped with survival supplies for 20 persons for 24 hours. There was also a cab/slidewire system running from the 322-foot (98 m) tower level to evacuate astronauts and technicians 2,503 feet (763 m) away from the pad.

Each pad had a 200-foot (61 m) evacuation tube running from the Mobile Launcher platform to a blast-resistant bunker 39 feet (12 m) underground, equipped with survival supplies for 20 persons for 24 hours. There was also a cab/slidewire system running from the 322-foot (98 m) tower level to evacuate astronauts and technicians 2,503 feet (763 m) away from the pad.