Cape Canaveral’s history as a space center began in 1949 when it was chosen as a testing site. Cape Canaveral was isolated, sparsely populated, and on the Atlantic Ocean: unsuccessful launches would land harmlessly in the water. Lastly, it was closer to the equator than other sites being considered. By taking full advantage of the earth’s rotation, launches required less fuel. Johnson’s support of Cape Canaveral brought thousands of well-paying jobs and related industries to central Florida as the space program boomed.
— Presidents in Florida 9781561645336

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