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Exploring Kennedy Space Center

Exploring Kennedy Space Center

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

The very fun Shuttle Launch Experience
simulator ride at Kennedy Space Center

It just wouldn’t be the Space Coast without the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), located 12 miles from Cocoa Beach. The huge gantries and Vehicle Assembly Building dominate the horizon for miles around. Those aren’t high-rise condos along the beach; they’re the historic launch towers of Cape Canaveral!

You can easily spend two days at the KSC Visitor Complex exploring the history and future of the U.S. space program. The Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, two IMAX theaters, Shuttle Atlantis, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, live talks with astronauts, hands-on exhibits, historic spacecraft, and the sobering Astronaut Memorial make the main visitor complex an all-day experience. The complex also has a covered kids' play area and souvenir shops. Eateries include the Orbit Café, Rocket Garden Café, and Moon Rock Café. Board a bus to tour the working Space Center (allow three more hours). The bus stops at the huge Apollo/Saturn V interpretive center, displaying a Saturn V rocket, an Apollo command module, and Lunar Module, plus several theaters, Apollo Launch Control, a snack bar, and a shop. Visit the Launch Complex 39 observation gantry, a four-story launch tower affording sweeping views and even more interpretive exhibits.

HEROES AND LEGENDS FEATURING THE U.S. ASTRONAUT HALL OF FAME

The Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville closed permanently in November 2015. Its replacement is the Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame which features a "3D omnidirectional theater, designed to make guests feel as though they are floating in the vastness of space." An all-new Hall of Fame exhibit allows guests to "interact virtually" with the nearly 100 astronauts who have been inducted into the hall to date. Admission is included with your ticket. Allow 45 minutes to explore the exhibit.

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Top Photo Slice: Kennedy Space Center Entrance (℗ 53265) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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