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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch February 8 at 6:10pm

WhenFebruary 8, 6:10 pm
WhereSLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Rocket Launch: Falcon 9 | Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)

SpaceX Falcon 9 Info

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 Rocket. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.

In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Although these flights have been unmanned, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Dragon’s pressurized capsule.

Mission

The DSCOVR satellite is crucial in maintaining the precision and delivery of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) space weather alerts and forecasts by continuing the nation’s solar wind observations. By placing DSCOVR in orbit in a neutral gravity point between the Earth and sun, it provides up to a 60 minute warning for geomagnetic storms which can disrupt transportation systems, power grids, telecommunications and GPS. This new-generation satellite improves the detection time and protects the technology that powers our national security and economy.

DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force and intended to replace NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) which is currently the only satellite providing real-time solar wind observations.

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Launch Viewing

Experience the thunderous roar of a SpaceX rocket as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the DSCOVR mission. There are three viewing options available at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: both the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center are located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center or bleacher seating adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis℠ located at the main Visitor Complex.

ProTip #2: KSC’s Visitor Complex is currently displaying the first Dragon capsule (successfully delivered cargo to and from the ISS), which launched in 2012, through Monday, February 9th!

 

Viewing Location: LC-39 Observation Gantry

LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch. Feel the force of the rocket and hear the roar of the rocket engines from a premium launch viewing location located just 3.4 miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This area features lawn and bleacher seating and live launch commentary. This premium viewing location is only available by calling 855.475.8415.

LC-39 Observation Gantry Package Includes: Launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir t-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry are $49 plus tax in addition to admission, multiday pass or annual pass. Launch transportation tickets are limited.

Bus Transportation Info: Transportation for LC-39 Observation Gantry ticket holders begins at 4:00 pm with the last bus leaving at 5:15 pm.

Viewing Location: Apollo /Saturn V Center

The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and is approximately 6 miles from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad. The viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary and provides access to food, retail and restroom facilities.

Launch Transportation Tickets to Apollo/Saturn V Center are $20 plus tax in addition to admission, multiday pass or annual pass. Launch transportation tickets are limited. Purchase your tickets online or call 866.737.5235.

Bus Transportation Info: Transportation or the Apollo/Saturn V Center ticket holders begins at 3:30 pm. and last bus leaves at 5:15 pm.

Viewing Location: Space Shuttle Atlantis

Located at the main Visitor Complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis is included with admission, multiday pass or annual pass. The viewing area is approximately seven miles from the launch pad and affords guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating and live launch commentary is included.

Purchase admission, multiday pass or annual pass today.

Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Learn more about KSCVC’s Launch Scrub Policy. 

Get up to the minute updates on Twitter: @ExploreSpaceKSC

What is NASA’s #NextGiantLeap for Mankind?

by @JenVargas

The eagle has landed…

Photo Credit: NASA   #Apollo45

What’s next for manned spaceflight? Are humans really going to Mars? Follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram next week when our own Jen Vargas transports us to a very special NASASocial event honoring Neil Armstrong and the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 at Kennedy Space Center!

On Tuesday, July 21st, Kennedy Space Center will rename their Operations and Checkout Building (used to process and test Apollo modules) in honor of our first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, who passed away August 25th, 2012. Remaining Apollo 11 crew members Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin will be there as well as backup Flight Commander Jim Lovell, who many recognize from Apollo 13. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana will attend, and fellow NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Space Station Commander Steve Swanson will also be participating – from 260 miles above Earth on the International Space Station!

Our friends at Kennedy Space Center Vistor Complex have many fun things planned including a viewing opportunity of the next Delta IV rocket launch scheduled next Thursday, July 23rd at 7:03pm.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today. It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon. We stand on a new horizon, poised to take the next giant leap—deeper into the solar system. As we develop and test new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human Path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.

 

Watch live at 10:15am on NASA TV or online on UStream!

NASA on Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | YouTube | SlideShare | more

 

Kennedy Space Center open during government shutdown

Kennedy Space Center is OPEN during the United States Government shutdown, and they’re offering a great deal for you and your family! A family of four can enjoy KSC for only $99, which is half off of regular ticket prices! Don’t forget your sunscreen!

 

KSC is Open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents “Holidays in Space”

Guests Invited to Celebrate the Holidays at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ‘Holidays in Space’

Guests can celebrate the holiday sights and sounds as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents the second annual “Holidays in Space” November 23 through January 1. The Visitor Complex will be adorned with a stunning array of holiday decorations and feature daily visits and storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as heartwarming performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers.

Santa Claus will greet guests, hear wish lists and pose for photos in Santa’s Launch Control Center located between Astronaut Encounter and Robot Scouts. Onsite elves, i.e., Kodak representatives, will snap the perfect family photo and provide prints for sale, or guests may capture the moment with their own cameras. Mrs. Claus will be on hand for some special space-themed story times for kids of all ages, including “The Cat in the Hat – There’s No Place Like Space” and “What the Moon is Like.” Due to their busy holiday schedules, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. through December 24. Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place at 3:30 p.m. each day. At 4 p.m. daily, Santa and Mrs. Claus make special appearances in the Space Shop.

Immersing guests in the sounds of the holidays, a team of international carolers will perform traditional holiday songs including favorites like “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow,” “Feliz Navidad,” and many more. The carolers will perform daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon in the Rocket Garden, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Saturn V Center, and 4:15 p.m. in the Space Shop.

Holidays in Space wouldn’t be complete without festive space-themed décor. A towering, 42’ International Space Station-themed Christmas tree located in the Rocket Garden will be adorned with warm-white bulbs, strobe lights and 600 miniature flags from the 15 ISS partner countries. The International Space Station mural just outside the Rocket Garden will be swathed in holiday candlelight. Decorative wreaths, garlands, lights, ribbons and bows throughout the Visitor Complex add to the holiday festival atmosphere.

Visitor Complex guests also can learn about the holiday traditions of each of the International Space Station (ISS) partners: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.  Prior to every IMAX film, guests will have the chance to see actual images of ISS crews celebrating the holidays in space.  Those who want to remember their international holiday experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex may purchase a commemorative “2012 Holidays in Space” ornament from the Space Shop.

“Holidays in Space” is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Souvenir photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available at an additional charge. With the purchase of a Commander’s Club Annual Pass, guests may visit an unlimited number of times for a full year from date of issue. To celebrate the season, guests can purchase an annual pass a reduced rate of $55 + tax and $45 + tax for children. Guests with singled day admission may upgrade to an annual pass at a special price of $5 per person, prior to exiting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information or to purchase tickets for Holidays in Space, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season.  Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, featuring an actual Saturn VI rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Offers Guests to View Atlantis Rare Viewing

“Sneak-a-Peek” for a Limited Time, Nov. 3-11

We really how you were there yesterday – – It was amazing !!!

Today and continuing through Nov. 11, visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will have a limited opportunity to see Space Shuttle Atlantis inside its new home.

Atlantis was set to arrive today at the visitor complex from Kennedy Space Center and begin its new mission as the dramatically displayed centerpiece of a $100 million exhibit scheduled to open in July 2013. Atlantis is scheduled to be moved inside the 90,000-square-foot exhibit building, which has been under construction since January.

Guests will be able to “Sneak-a-Peek” at the orbiter as part of regular admission to the visitor complex.

Construction will pause on weekends and weekday afternoons to allow visitors to have an up-close and personal look at Atlantis. A Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tour guide will escort guests through the construction zone, provide information about the orbiter’s new home, and allow guests to take pictures and pose within the secured area.

“We are excited to offer this rare opportunity for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex patrons,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We know they will cherish seeing Atlantis in this unique setting before construction is completed and the exhibit is unveiled to the world next July.”

The “Sneak-a-Peek” tour of Atlantis in its new exhibit building will be offered:

Nov. 3, 4 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 5 to 9 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 10, 11 – 2 p.m. to 5.p.m.

Over the next month, Atlantis will be raised 36 feet off the ground and rotated about 43 degrees so that it will be showcased on an angle as if it were in space – only as the astronauts from its 33 missions have had a chance to see it. When it is displayed, its payload bay doors will be open and theCanadarm (robotic arm) extended.

Work will resume to enclose Atlantis in the exhibit building by completing construction of the final wall, which is expected by mid-December. Atlantis will be encapsulated in a protective wrap before that work begins.

($100 million exhibit scheduled to open in July 2013)

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts has operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA since 1995. The Atlantis exhibit was designed by PGAV Destinations, architects headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. The Atlantis exhibit building is being constructed by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Orlando. The six-story exhibit is being built adjacent to the existing Shuttle Launch Experience.

A work of art in itself, the exterior of the Atlantis exhibit features two sweeping architectural elements, or “wings” representing the space shuttle’s launch and return. The outer layer of the building, which is being cloaked in iridescent hues of orange and gold, represents the fiery-glow of re-entry. The taller, internal wing of the building is being covered in a shimmering tile pattern in varying tones of gray designed to represent the tiled underside of the orbiter.

See our Video Here

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season.  Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visitwww.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Welcomes Space Shuttle Atlantis

New Home Will Feature Atlantis Dramatically Displayed ‘in Space’ and More Than 60 Interactive Exhibits Telling the Story of the Space Shuttle Program

Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived today at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to begin its new mission as the dramatically displayed centerpiece of a $100 million exhibit scheduled to open in July 2013.  (see our video “Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis” )

Atlantis completed its historic final journey – the last of any of NASA’s space shuttles – with NASA officials and thousands of visitor complex guests looking on. A parade of more than 30 former astronauts joined the orbiter for the final leg of the trip from Kennedy Space Center before it parked in front of the remaining open wall of the 90,000-square-foot exhibit building that has been under construction since January.

Atlantis will be moved into the building and raised 36 feet off the ground over the next month. The complex operation will include rotating the shuttle about 43 degrees so that it will be showcased on an angle as if it were in space – only as the astronauts from its 33 missions have had a chance to see it. When it is displayed, its payload bay doors will be open and the Canadarm (robotic arm) extended.

“We think visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be awed and inspired by how they will see and experience Atlantis,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

“Complementing Atlantis will be more than 60 interactive, immersive exhibits about the entire shuttle program – including its key role with the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope, and how it paved the way for today’s new space programs. Along with our authentic 363-foot-long Apollo/Saturn V rocket, countless other unique space artifacts, the Shuttle Launch Experience and everything to see at a working space port, Atlantis makes the visitor complex the best place to experience, learn about and be inspired by mankind’s greatest adventure,” Moore said.

Work will begin to enclose Atlantis in the exhibit building by completing construction of the final wall, which is expected by mid-December, the main reason why the construction has taken so long is due to the danger factors the workers have had to face, now that they finally got overhead crane safety approval the project can be done way faster. Atlantis will be encapsulated in a protective wrap before that work begins.

Atlantis’s daylong, 10-mile trip from Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building aboard NASA’s 76-wheel Orbiter Transportation System featured stops for a signing ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center headquarters and guest viewing opportunities at Space Florida’s Exploration Park and later as it entered the visitor complex.

During the Atlantis ceremony, Moored thanked NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana and pledged that the visitor complex would be a great steward of NASA’s orbiter in displaying it for the public for generations.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts has operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA since 1995. The exhibit building is being designed by PGAV Destinations, architects headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., and being constructed by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Orlando. The six-story exhibit is being built adjacent to the existing Shuttle Launch Experience.

by @JenVargas

A work of art in itself, the exterior of the Atlantis exhibit features two sweeping architectural elements, or “wings” representing the space shuttle’s launch and return. The outer layer of the building, which is being cloaked in iridescent hues of orange and gold, represents the fiery-glow of re-entry. The taller, internal wing of the building is being covered in a shimmering tile pattern in varying tones of gray designed to represent the tiled underside of the orbiter.

At the entrance to the Atlantis exhibit, guests will be greeted by a full-size, upright, replica external tank from https://blog.tbailey.com/innovation-steel-tank-fabrication-increased-productivity-and-cut-costsand two solid rocket boosters, expected to be installed in the coming months. On the opposite side of the tank and booster assembly, a silhouette of the orbiter is attached to show guests its exact size and placement. The 184-foot-tall space shuttle stack will give visitors a true sense of the massive size and awesome power used to thrust the shuttle into low-earth orbit,  however, they will have to travel a little further and wait a few more moments to get up close to the real thing – the actual orbiter, Atlantis.  (more soon here too )

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex:   Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season.  Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visitwww.KennedySpaceCenter.com.