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Look up, Central Florida! Perseids meteor shower TONIGHT!

If you’re outside and looking up tonight, keep an eye out for a Perseids meteor shower! It’s nature’s brightest light show of the summer!

According to NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, when these meteors slam into Earth’s atmosphere, they will be speeding at about 132,000 MPH, and burning bright at around 3,000 to 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit!

Dedicated star gazers will also be able to see Saturn, the moon and Mars too!

Here’s more information from NASA:

Determine Meteor Shower Activity Where You Live
NASA Meteor Estimator

Fast Facts

  • Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle
  • Radiant: Constellation Perseus
  • Active: 17 July — 24 August 2016
  • Peak Activity: 11 — 12 Aug 2016
  • Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
  • Meteor Velocity: 37 miles (59 km) per second
Photo Credit: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Photo Credit: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2016 Perseids Forecast
August’s Perseid meteor shower peaks for U.S. observers just after sunrise on Friday morning, August 12. It should also put on a great show this year for observers in Europe, with some predictions showing an outburst of up to 150 or 200 meteors at the peak, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. U.S. observers will get a great view of the ramp up to the peak between moonset and sunrise on Friday morning, August 12.

About the Meteor Shower
The Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered the best meteor shower of the year. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere. The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them.

Perseids are also known for their fireballs. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of cometary material. Fireballs are also brighter, with apparent magnitudes greater than -3.

Viewing Tips
The Perseids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere during the pre-dawn hours, though at times it is possible to view meteors from this shower as early as 10 p.m

Find an area well away from city or street lights, and if you want, set up where you are shadowed from the moon’s glare before it sets. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Face whatever direction you like, the one unobstructed by trees, buildings or moonlight. Look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. If you have a group, each person should look in different parts of the sky. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt, and you will begin to see fainter objects, including meteors. Be patient; the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

Orlando – Please Don’t Redefine Us

Lately I’ve been reading numerous articles by extremely passionate Orlando-area citizens, who declare their love for the City Beautiful. They write about the thriving literary community, the bursting tech industry, the outstanding colleges and universities, and even the highly touted food and art scene.

And in nearly every article, each well-meaning writer relates angry disgust that media outlets from across the nation are just now discovering that Orlando isn’t a “cultural wasteland” after all. And as a by-product of that anger, every writer then wants to redefine who we are or wants to describe Orlando as having a rebirth. (As if all our greatness had disappeared until just recently!)

Perhaps this common theme of needing to redefine what Orlando is comes from the fact that most of these writers start their articles by explaining they moved to Central Florida “several years ago” for school or work or to retire. And like many, they didn’t expect to fall in love with the City and were thrilled to see how much it had to offer in the aforementioned literary, arts, food, tech et al. (How ironic they now take exception to the fact that outsiders don’t also know this.) These writers say, “You don’t know the real Orlando. We’re not just Disney.”

While I certainly appreciate these eager citizens wanting to tout how wonderful our area is, I find myself bristling at the term “redefining” because feels like we weren’t good enough before these people arrived in Central Florida and decided to give us a new definition.

You see, I was born and raised here, just like my mother was, and just like my grandmother was back in the 1800s. There are a number of us here, actually, native Central Floridians that have always known what Orlando is and don’t need new arrivals to suddenly tell us what we are and what we have.

We’ve Always Had a Literary Scene

Yes, even before Jack Kerouac.

Back in 1926 Rollins College began the Animated Magazine. Since paper and printing supplies were still in somewhat short supply due to the fairly recent first World War, then-college President Hamilton Holt decided that the articles should be read aloud on stage instead of printed. This turned into an annual event that used to draw thousands. In the crowd sat dignitaries from around the world, including Secretaries of State and even former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Animated Magazine - Rollins College

Animated Magazine – Rollins College

The Animated Magazine lives on today, under the tutelage of editors like U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and has helped bring about the annual Winter with the Writers, which is where I got to see Maya Angelou when she visited back in 2007.

With the Orlando Public Library opening in 1923, and the Zora Neale Hurston Festival operating for nearly 30 years now, this is just further evidence the literary scene is not having a rebirth but has quietly been here all along.

We’ve Always Had an Art Scene

One of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious art festivals happens right here at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The Orlando Museum of Art was established in 1924, the Maitland Art Center in 1937, and we’ve had the Crealde School of Art and Jamali for over 40 years now. Add in the Polasek Museum and the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass at the Morse Museum, and we’re doing just fine.

Albin Polasek

Albin Polasek

Famed actor Buddy Epsen’s father started the Central Florida Ballet Company in 1945. “I dared not start a ballet company here in Orlando because the idea seemed hopeless,” Epsen was quoted as saying. “Now there are several companies throughout Florida.” Epsen’s company was later taken over by Edith Royal, whose “Ballet Royal” supplied generations of dancers to the great stages of the world.

And even earlier, Ruth Pounds started a dance school in 1935, which taught both my mother and then me how to dance, sit, curtsy, and all the etiquette required of a cultured young adult.

The area has always had beautiful architecture thanks to those like Gamble Rogers, II, who helped create the beauty that attracted leading artists, business tycoons, and top politicians to settle in the area.

When President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the opening of the basement radio station at Rollins College (still one of the longest-running basement radios in the country), we made indie radio hip long before we made boy bands hip in the 1990s.

We’ve Always Had a Tech Scene

Lockheed Martin opened its doors in 1956. (My mother worked there afternoons in high school!) Shortly thereafter, the Kennedy Space Center was built nearby to oversee the Apollo missions. We watched those missions, and later those of the Space Shuttle, right from our backyards – and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much cooler than that!

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Thankfully this tech industry also had a need for engineers; thus UCF was founded in 1963 and has grown into one of the largest universities in the nation. Add in the innovations of Walt Disney in the 70s, and then Full Sail University in the 80s, and yep, we’ve always had a tech scene.

We’ve Always Had a Food Scene

Food trucks did not make the food hip in this city.

We’ve always had great food, ranging from Dixie Crossroads and La Cantina to Le Cordon Bleu and Gary’s Duck Inn. From the 94th Aero Squadron, which served incredible food since World War I, to Ronnie’s Diner which opened in 1956, Orlando always had talked-about food. The fact that the establishments serving that food is changing, doesn’t mean there weren’t great restaurants before the new ones arrived.

Ronnie's Diner

Ronnie’s Diner

With T.G. Lee Dairy and the many orange groves, we’ve always been farm-to-table. And when you add in Publix (founded in 1930), we were doing just fine long before this so-called rebirth.

We’re Growing, Not Rebirthing

Yes, it is an exciting time to be in Orlando. We are growing in many different, wonderful ways. Newcomers are bringing great assets, and companies are setting up roots and investing here. With strong leadership we will continue to flourish.

And while I admire the zeal these newcomers use to tell the rest of the world how great Orlando is, please don’t act like this is a new development in Orlando’s history. Don’t call it a rebirth or try to redefine it.

We are who we are, and always have been.

We don’t want to be New York, San Francisco, or even Austin. We want to be who and what we already are. We’re orange groves and Disney. We’re tech and and old-fashioned books. We’re art and great food.

But, we’re not the best thing since sliced bread… we were cool long before that hit the world back in 1930!

This guest post was written by Bess Auer, fourth generation Floridian and the first editor of the Central Florida Top 5. You can connect with her on Twitter at @Bess_Auer.

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.

ProTip: Sign up for email Launch Alerts!

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

 

NASA’s Invite for a #GlobalSelfie for Earth Day 2014

NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

GlobalSelfie

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.

While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day we’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

Here are the details.

What’s a #GlobalSelfie?

Two people pose with a NASA #GlobalSelfie signNASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Once those pictures stream around the world on Earth Day, the individual pictures tagged #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth — a new “Blue Marble” built bit by bit with your photos.

Need an idea of what kind of picture to take? Get outside and show us mountains, parks, the sky, rivers, lakes — wherever you are, there’s your picture. Tell us where you are in a sign, words written in the sand, spelled out with rocks — or by using the printable signs we’ve created that are available on this NASAWebsite. 

The Earth mosaic image itself and a video using the images will be put together and released in May.

How do I take part?

They be monitoring photos posted to five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.

Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie, or post it to the #GlobalSelfie event page on Facebook or the #GlobalSelfie group on Flickr. You can also join the #GlobalSelfie Google+ event page.

Why a #GlobalSelfie?

NASA scientists have helped identify thousands of new planets out in the universe in recent years. But the space agency studies no planet more closely than our own. With 17 Earth-observing missions orbiting our home planet right now — and several more launching this year — NASA studies Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans in all their complexity.

This satellite data helps NASA scientists piece together a clear picture of our planet from a scientific viewpoint. On this Earth Day, we wanted to create a different picture of our planet — a crowd-sourced collection of snapshots of the people of Earth that we could use to create one unique mosaic of the Blue Marble.

So, come April 22, take a second to step outside and join us in celebrating our home planet.

Full Details @  http://1.usa.go​v/PfjXln

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.

Atlantis Celebrate the Journey Invite

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Invites the Public to Celebrate Historic Final Journey of Space Shuttle Atlantis!

 NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a series of events to celebrate Space Shuttle Atlantis’ historic final trip to its new home at the Visitor Complex on Friday, November 2, 2012.

 Visitors are invited to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” event that will mark Atlantis’ last voyage. The space shuttle will make a 10-mile rolling journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the Visitor Complex atop the Orbiter Transporter System (OTS). The move concludes at the new $100-million permanent home under construction for the orbiter, which is set to open summer 2013.

Opportunities to see Atlantis from two vantage points – the Visitor Complex and Exploration Park – are available during this unique event and four “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” viewing  packages are offered:

Atlantis Adventure Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission, a ticket and roundtrip transportation to Exploration Park featuring the opportunity to view and photograph Atlantis in 360 degrees from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad tour.

The Launch Pad tour takes visitors a quarter-mile within the perimeter security fence of Launch Pad 39-A to enjoy close-up views of the 350-foot high launch pad. We provide you Invaluable Tips To The Ideal Vinyl Fence Suppliers here. The tour also includes a new photo opportunity in front of the Flame Trench and drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B, the VAB and mobile launcher platforms, and ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Additional activities at Exploration Park include Space Shuttle Program astronaut appearances, interactive exhibits, displays of spaceflight hardware from past, current and future programs. Exhibitors scheduled to attend include: The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace. Cost: $115 adult/$105 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.

 Explorer Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission and a ticket and roundtrip transportation to Exploration Park featuring the opportunity to view and photograph Atlantis in 360 degrees from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additional activities at Exploration Park include Space Shuttle Program astronaut appearances, interactive exhibits, displays of spaceflight hardware from past, current and future programs. Exhibitors scheduled to attend include: The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace. Cost: $90 adult/$80 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.

Lift-off Package:  Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission, an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 to 6 p.m., and a KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad tour, which takes visitors a quarter-mile within the perimeter security fence of Launch Pad 39-A to enjoy close-up views of the 350-foot high launch pad. The tour also includes a new photo opportunity in front of the Flame Trench and drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B, the VAB and mobile launcher platforms, and ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Cost: $75 adult/$59 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.

 

 Rollover Package:  Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission with the opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the day, enjoy special exhibits as well as 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®. Cost: $50 adult/$40 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.

In addition to the Atlantis viewing opportunities, the Visitor Complex will host an Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show benefitting the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. A “who’s who” of space exploration – more than 40 astronauts and special guests – will sign autographs at the Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility, adjacent to the Rocket Garden. Each astronaut will have his/her own station and charge a fee for autographs. Guests can bring memorabilia to be signed, or choose from photos and memorabilia that will be available for purchase. Admission is $15 for adults and children.

“Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” Ticket Process

“Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” requires a special ticket purchase. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EDT. Links will be placed on KennedySpaceCenter.com at that time directing online users to the “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” ticket opportunity webpage.

For more information about “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey,” 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, 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 visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Kennedy Space Center Delta IV Rocket Launch

View the Sights and Sounds of the Delta IV Rocket Launch on Oct. 4 from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Experience the thrill of a space launch as a Delta IV rocket lifts off from the Space Coast on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  Visitors can witness the sights and sounds of the launch from a special viewing area, including live launch commentary from mission control at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The launch window is scheduled between 8:10 and 8:29 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 37 B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Delta IV-Medium rocket, built by the United Launch Alliance, will be carrying the Navstar GPS, a constellation of satellites providing navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air, as well as supporting consumer GPS devices by providing accurate time, location and velocity information. Considered the next generation of GPS satellites, the technology incorporates various improvements to provide greater accuracy and increased signals to enhance the performance for users.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will open early at 7 a.m. Launch viewing is included with admission which is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.

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 visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

 

Photo from our trip to KSC! 

Launch Control Center-A New Tour!