The Secret 10-Story Space Rocket Buried in the Swamps of Florida



Image: Fred Szabries

There’s a secret in the swamp and it’s a big one. Roosting in a 180 foot-deep hole is the largest solid rocket booster ever built. When I say large, I mean big – really big: 10 stories tall and about 20 feet wide. This was a rocket that was originally intended to carry men to the moon, but it never made it out of the tomb that still conceals it.

Take a walk with me and be prepared to see something truly amazing. It’s a long walk, about 10 miles. And no, we can’t drive. There are steel barricades across the road and they are securely locked. I know who has the key. I’ll tell you about him later. For now, we have to hike it because he’s nowhere in sight.


Image: Fred Szabries

It’s going to be a hot walk, and maybe a wet one judging by the thunderheads building not too far away. Tread carefully and keep your eyes on the road. There are rattlesnakes and alligators around here. The alligators are easier to spot, but they’re surprisingly fast on land. If you see one, keep your distance. If he’s in the middle of the road, we’ll just have to wait him out. At times, there are also turtles and tortoises crossing the road. They’re obviously not dangerous, but the gators find them tasty, so if you see one, there may be a very large reptilian predator nearby. Get used to the mosquitos, flies, no-see-ums and other flying friends; they’ll be with us the whole way. I hope you’re not allergic to bee stings, because even if we had cell service out here, an ambulance couldn’t make it past the barricades.

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