The Cocoa Beach and the Space Program


What’s it about?

In the 1960s there was a very popular TV program called “I dream of Jeannie.”  It was about a captain in the US Air Force who was in the space program and a Genie who arrived out of a bottle.  The program was based in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The city is known for its beach and surf breaks. 

 Cocoa Beach has the world’s largest surf shop.

The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC, originally known as the NASA Launch Operations Center) in Florida is one of the NASA ten field centers. Since December 1968, KSC has been NASA’s primary launch center of human spaceflight. Launch operations for the Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs were carried out from Kennedy Space Center and managed by KSC.

The view from Cocoa Beach is perfect for watching the rockets leaving the Kennedy Space Center and heading into outer space. Two scientists who are also long-time Florida residents will do cultural storytelling about a small town in Florida and its relationship to Kennedy Space Center. 

Daylight saving time 2022 in the UK will begin on this date: 27 March. 

Who’s telling the story?

Gary Liljegren lives at the space coast in Florida, USA. He is a geek, a photographer, and a radio ham. Since talking to the world as a young teenager through his passion for ham radio, he has never stopped his curiosity about animals, stories, and people of the world. You can hear his previous talk on Visit the world on the radio airwaves. 

Wilmer Nichols moved to the space coast in 1960 and went to work for NASA as the space program was beginning.  Wilmer later moved to Houston with NASA and has that added experience connecting with the overall program.  You can hear his previous talk on An Unbelievable Journey From Cotton Field to Science Field.

Daylight saving time 2022 in the UK will begin on this date: 27 March.