NASA's Spaceship Factory Is Unfathomably Huge

By Robert Sorokanich on at

Now that the Space Shuttle program is over, NASA is remodelling the Vehicle Assembly Building where they were built. It's a huge building, one of the largest in the world. How huge? Here's some info to (maybe) help put it into perspective:

- The VAB has the volume of three and a half Empire State Buildings
- Put another way, it would take 250 billion ping pong balls to fill the VAB.
- The VAB has the largest doors in the world — 139m high. When they're wide open, they take 45 minutes to close.
- The American Flag painted on the front of the VAB is 64m high. The blue field is the size of an basketball court with stars six feet across.
- As for the VAB's output, that includes 13 Saturn V rockets (used in Apollo and Skylab missions) and Space Shuttles that flew 135 missions.

Take a look at the whole infographic, then check out these jaw dropping photos. Bet you'll never brag about your studio apartment again. [NASA]