This article was updated at 5:28 p.m. after learning that Kennedy Space Center will remain closed Thursday, Sept. 14.
Survey photos from the air and the ground reveal the damage that Hurricane Irma, which tore through Florida starting Sept. 10, dealt to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The storm is now a post-tropical cyclone heading northward.
The space center in Cape Canaveral, Florida remains closed today (Sept. 13) and will be closed Sept. 14 as well as its damage assessment and recovery team (DART) — joined by KSC’s director, Bob Cabana — continues to catalog and mitigate the damage caused by the storm’s intense winds and rainfall. NASA closed KSC on Friday (Sept. 8) as Irma approached Florida. [In Photos: Hurricane Irma Damage at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center]
According to a NASA blog post, the team will put together a damage-assessment report over the next few weeks after a full inspection is complete. KSC has had electricity for the past few days, but it’s still without running water.
The new images and video show a space center with pools of standing water in wooded areas, torn-up roofs, a broken dock and even some damage to the Beach House, where astronauts would reside before their launches. (However, the damage to the Beach House is not as extensive as it was after Hurricane Matthew.)
Yesterday (Sept. 12), the 250 DART members replaced the 120-person “ride-out team,” which weathered the storm as the center’s caretakers after it closed. Besides the visible damage cataloged in the aerial survey, there were at least 37 break in the utility system.