Space Coast

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Location of Florida's Space Coast
Florida's Space Coast surrounding Merritt Island, seen from the International Space Station

The Space Coast is a region in the U.S. state of Florida around Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where NASA launched Space Shuttles until the last one on July 8, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.; and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, site of unmanned civilian and military space launches. Cities in the area include Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island (unincorporated), Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Indialantic, and Palm Bay. Most of the area lies within Brevard County. It is bounded on the south by the Treasure Coast. It is bounded on the west and north by Central Florida and is economically tied to that region. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

The Space Coast area code[edit]

Once the area became too populated to be served by one area code, a local resident[1] discovered that area code 321 was not assigned to any other territory (though it was being considered for the suburban Chicago area).[2] If each number is pronounced individually—"3, 2, 1"; the pronunciation resembles the countdown before liftoff; thus, the resident petitioned for the code to be assigned to the Space Coast region. His efforts were popular among local residents and resulted in success; the new code became effective on November 1, 1999.[3][4]

Space-named landmarks (outside KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Osband (a/k/a Richard Cheshire)
  2. ^ This includes most of the county except the Southern portion
  3. ^ Chronology of 321 Area Code
  4. ^ an Article in the Orlando Sentinel
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Space Coast Surge

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