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End of Summer fun at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!

One of our favorite places to send visitors and friends to is Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and this is the perfect time to go!

Here are the “Top 5” fun learning activities/attractions at the Visitor Complex:

  • Guests experience the inspiring accomplishments of the U.S. space shuttle program at the unique $100 million, 90,000-square-foot Space Shuttle AtlantisSMattraction (see image below), where visitors get nose to nose with a real spaceflown orbiter. Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed as if floating in space – the only space shuttle orbiter in the world exhibited this way. Guests also can train on various realistic simulators: take a simulated spacewalk, land the space shuttle on the shuttle landing facility, operate the robotic Canadarm or dock with the International Space Station. Shuttle Launch Experience, part of Space Shuttle Atlantis, is an incredible journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle.  Guests also strap in for an all-too-real simulation, which immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a space shuttle launch, including simulated weightlessness.
You must see Space Shuttle Atlantis!

You must see Space Shuttle Atlantis!

  • The new Great Balls of Fire interactive exhibit opened this month and allows guests to discover the risks that asteroids, comets and meteorites present to our planet. The exhibit explores how we keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts. Within the Great Balls of Fire exhibit is Asteroid Encounter, where guests can climb aboard a “spaceship” and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. Guests also can explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit their hometown, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips and much more.
  • KSC Up-Close Explore Tour gives an insider’s view of the U.S. Space Program, from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the past and future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes up-close views of the massive, 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) (one of the largest structures in the world) and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by a panoramic view of launch pads at Cape Canaveral that are currently accommodating rocket launches by NASA, SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance.
  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center features dramatic multimedia shows and numerous hands-on displays that provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s bold quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. The Apollo Treasures Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk. July 16 marked the 45thanniversary of the lift off of Apollo 11, which landed the first humans on the moon.
  • Also new at the Visitor Complex are hands-on, science-based “Activity Adventures.” The activities, each lasting from 90 minutes to two hours, provide guests the opportunity to launch a water rocket (Rockitz), create and then land a rover on “Mars” (Rover Lander Drop) or race a jet car (Super Jet Cars).

Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, Apollo/Saturn V Center, and Great Balls of Fire are included in daily admission.

Full details @ KennedySpaceCenter.com

 

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 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.

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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.