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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (April 11, 2011) – Three decades ago, astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launched STS-1 space shuttle Columbia from Kennedy Space Center. Since then, the Space Shuttle Program has transformed the way we explore space and look at the univsts-11-5164041erse around us. From the construction and completion of the International Space Station to the amazing imagery captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, this reusable spacecraft has made world-renowned achievements.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host the Space Shuttle Program 30th Anniversary Celebration on April 12, 2011, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. NASA officials and veteran space shuttle astronauts will highlight the accomplishments of this complex space vehicle, as well as the dedicated Kennedy Space Center workforce, during a public presentation at 4:30 p.m. Buddy Valastro, the baker featured on the TLC show CAKE BOSS, will make a special space shuttle-themed cake presentation in honor of this historic occasion. Other activities include musical entertainment by the Space Connection band, educational activities, face painting and special recognition for 30-year space shuttle workers. Guests may register to win a pair of VIP tickets to witness the historic launch of STS-135 space shuttle Atlantis.


The Space Shuttle Program 30th Anniversary Celebration is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information, visit or call 877-313-2610.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter,STAR TREKTM LIVE, 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. Parking, wheelchairs, strollers and pet kennels are free of charge. Admission is $43 + tax for adults and $33 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $56 + tax for adults and $46 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit