at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2015) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites guests to experience upcoming events including multiple ways to meet a veteran NASA astronaut, up-close launch viewing for select rocket launches and the annual Holidays in Space. With so much to see and do, guests can complement their visit with a Multiday Discovery ticket or an annual pass to enjoy everything the visitor complex has to offer.
Oct. 3, Space Shuttle Atlantis 30th Anniversary
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, home of the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction. Get nose-to-nose with Atlantis during this event, featuring a live version of the engaging video astronaut series, “Tell Me A Story,” and meet and greets and signing opportunities with space shuttle Atlantis astronauts including: Jerry Ross, Mike McCulley, Bo Bobko, Charlie Walker, Bob Springer and more.
On Oct. 3, 1985, space shuttle Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on her first mission STS 51-J. Atlantis was also the last orbiter to land at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011, concluding NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Today, Atlantis is in her new home at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex displayed with her payload bay doors open inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction.
Oct. 16-17, NASA’s Innovation Expo
For the first time ever, NASA is allowing public access to their Innovation Expo! Discover what it takes to foster innovative ideas during this two-day event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Hear from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center experts during a series of fascinating presentations, see a prototype of the cutting-edge Robonaut and get firsthand information on NASA’s six campaigns including Earth Right Now, Technology, International Space Station, Aeronautics, Mars and the Solar System and Beyond.
Dec. 19-Jan. 3, Holidays in Space
Guests are treated to an out-of-this-world holiday experience with the annual “Holidays in Space” celebration. The Rocket Garden is the site of “Spirit of Exploration,” a stunning presentation of space imagery shown on the side of the 223-foot-long Saturn 1B rocket, celebrating the past, present and future of space exploration. This presentation features custom animation blended with historic footage of actual launches and awe-inspiring views of Earth from the International Space Station, taking guests on a journey through NASA history with a glimpse at their incredible plans for the future. The “Rocket Garden Light Show” also takes place daily in the ever-popular Rocket Garden, which features a majestic collection of real and replica capsules and rockets, some towering more than 100 feet into the sky.
From Nov. 27- Jan. 3, the visitor complex is adorned for the holiday season with a stunning array of decorations including a 41-foot Christmas tree, a giant NASA “meatball” ornament, garlands, lights, ribbons, bows and more.
Fly With An Astronaut
Guests spend a thrilling half-day experiencing the highlights of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by taking a ‘flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience® with a veteran NASA astronaut. The experience encompasses a small group tour of Kennedy Space Center, including a drive past the Vehicle Assembly Building and a photo opportunity at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, a guided tour of the Apollo/Saturn V Center and a catered buffet lunch on the second level of the Apollo/Saturn V Center overlooking Banana Creek and nearby launch pads. Guests receive an autographed photo with their astronaut guide and a retail gift. Cost is $199 for adults; $174 for children ages 3-11, including daily admission.
Fly With An Astronaut is offered on the following dates with these veteran astronauts:
- Nov. 27-29, Jon McBride
- Dec. 20-21, Jon McBride
- Dec. 22-24, Don Thomas
Guests can enjoy up-close launch viewing for multiple launches throughout the year from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). Upcoming launches include:
- Oct. 2, 6:09 a.m. – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch Mexico’s Morelos-3 communications satellite (MEXSAT).
- Oct. 30, 12:17 p.m. – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the 11th Global Positioning Satellite (GPS IIF-11) for the U.S. Air Force.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches for most 2015 launches (dependent upon time of the launch and other operational factors). Visit KennedySpaceCenter.com to learn more.