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This Flock image, captured on 30 September 2016, shows Cape Canaveral – where America entered the Space Race.

Cape Canaveral was chosen for rocket launches so the USA could take advantage of the Earth's rotation.

The linear velocity of the Earth's surface is greatest the nearer the equator; so the relatively southerly location of the cape lets spacecraft take advantage of this by launching eastward, the same direction as the Earth's rotation.

It is also important that the downrange area be as sparsely populated as possible, in case of accidents - an ocean is ideal for this.

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Credit: Image © 2016 Planet - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team.

Cape Canaveral

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