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Big NASA Building Gets Big Facelift

[photopress:NASA_VAB.jpg,thumb,right]I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a bigger flag than this one on the side of the NASA building located at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Twenty thousand square feet is truly humongous. Having never visited, I can only imagine the size when referenced to putting ten average-sized houses on the flag alone. WOW!

I also can’t believe how much work is involved in painting this entire building by hand. I guess that’s why is won’t be finished until 2009.

Big NASA Building Gets Big Facelift – News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A huge renovation project befitting one of the world’s biggest buildings is under way at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Vehicle Assembly Building is one of Central Florida’s best-known landmarks and it is getting a facelift, WESH 2 News space expert Dan Billow reported.

The VAB is 52 stories tall and one of the five largest buildings in the world. The big American flag on its side is about 20,000 square feet. Ten average-size houses could be put on the flag alone.

The repainting job is being done all by hand.

… It’s an incredibly big job. The building’s exterior covers 1.1 million square feet. It’ll soak up 6,000 gallons of paint. To put it in perspective, it usually takes about half a gallon to paint a living room.

The blue field on the giant American flag is the size of a basketball court. Each stripe is as wide as a highway lane — big enough to accommodate an 18-wheeler.

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