(The embarassment smiley has nothing to do with this thread, my mouse is just acting up.)
Earlier today, I was re-reading The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion, one of the Nancy Drew mysteries. This one was published in 1971, and the publisher apparently had caught "Apollo fever".
The story starts off with Nancy flying to what was then Cape Kennedy to investigate a client of her father's who has been accused of bringing explosive oranges (yes, you read that right, oranges with explosives inside) into KSC.
Her host family acts suspicious, and they have a boat called the Starbeam, which is one of the coolest names ever, but I digress...
There's "a moon-shot" about a week from the day Nancy arrives. We never find out the name of the flight (Probably Apollo 15, as Nancy is on summer vacation) or the crew, but Nancy and her friends see the Saturn on the pad when they take a tour of KSC. The guide tells them about the history of KSC, starting with the first Bumper rocket to be launched from there, and gives shout-outs to Tiros and Telestar.
They see the VAB, the measurements of which are accurately given by the guide. Bess, Nancy's food-loving gal pal, thinks astronaut food sounds great. George, Nancy's tomboy friend, says that she wants to be an astronaut, to which Ned replies "How about letting us boys go first? We'll tell you how it is."
Um, thanks but no thanks, Ned.
While investigating the titular mansion, Nancy finds a telescope pointed at the launch pad, through which she can see the Saturn. In the basement, she later discovers a lab with a "transmitting antenna". This is essentially a death ray that the bad guys are planning to blow up the rocket with on launch day. They're working for some foreign country that's never named.
The bad guys catch Nancy and her boyfriend Ned and tie them up, then leave them on a six-inch wide ledge over a boiling hot pool. Nancy's friends get worried that she isn't back yet and call the police, who come and save her. We hear the rescuers yell "Open up! Police! NASA agents! FBI!" Agents?
The cops arrest all the bad guys and the launch goes as planned. All in all, this is a great book, and an adventure I really wish I could have. As Nancy says "The Kennedy Space Center means a lot to the whole world." and it's "Absolutely facinating and utterly unbelieveable."