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25 NASA Astronauts to Gather for Grand Opening of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, November 11-12, 2016

Kennedy Space Center – Cape Canaveral – (November 1, 2016) – Gemini and Apollo space program astronauts Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell and Thomas Stafford are just a few of the revered NASA astronauts who will be at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex next week to commemorate the grand opening of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® presented by Boeing
Designed to be the first stop upon entering the complex, Heroes & Legends will use the early years of the space program to explore the concept of heroism, and the qualities that define the individuals who inspired their generation. The 20,000-square-foot, retro-fitted building will marry cutting-edge technology with mesmerizing special effects, priceless artifacts and thought-provoking exhibits. The overall experience is meant to instill a renewed sense of pride and a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of the qualities of heroism represented by NASA’s pioneering astronauts.

A schedule of public events follows:

  • November 11-13: Complimentary admission will be offered for active and retired members of the military, as well as veterans. Family members will receive up to 3 tickets at a 50 percent discount.*
  • Friday, November 11: All guests are invited to join more than 25 NASA astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, as well as the children of Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and others, to celebrate the grand opening of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and guests will be welcome to experience the new attraction after the program.  
  • Saturday, November 12:  Two different Tell Me a Story…Live! shows will take place in the Astronaut Encounter Theater. Space shuttle astronauts Rhea Seddon and Mary Cleave will discuss the topic of Women in Space at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. Apollo astronauts Al Worden and Walter Cunningham will share memories of the historic Apollo program.
  • Saturday, November 12:  Astronaut Scholarship Foundation will host the Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the event is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Signing fees will apply for autographs.

For more information on Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, call 877-313-2610 or visit
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About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, Cosmic Quest, and many other exhibits. Opening November 11 is Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  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. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit
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Media Contacts:
Andrea Farmer,, 321-449-4318 or 321-223-1091
Lauren Eisele Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications,, 410-616-8943
Liz Feldman, Sandy Hillman Communications,, 732-387-0515
*Verification (and purchases) for active duty service men, women, retirees and veterans must be completed online via Accesso and its affiliation with made at the front entrance will be eligible to receive the offer with proof of a valid active duty or retiree military ID.