The whitewashed hilltop town of Morón de la Frontera rises above the rolling patchwork plain of La Campiña like a mirage. This was once an important centre of a Moorish taifa (state) and named after the place of the Moors.
In 1984, Morón became a NASA Space Shuttle Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) site in support of the space shuttle program. Special navigation and landing aids are in place, and personnel are highly trained to recover landing of the orbiter vehicle. In addition, launch periods during the 1980's saw U.S. Air Force personnel deployed to Moròn to provide on-site weather support, coordinating efforts with local Spanish weather personnel.