If anyone in your family is a space enthusiast, the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is a must see! Here you can stand beside rockets that you have seen on TV or in history books from all the different NASA space programs. If you are lucky enough to be in town at the right time you can even view a rocket launch at the Visitor Complex, close enough to actually feel the rumble of the engines!
All the attractions are grouped into five different Mission Zones. Each Zone corresponds to a different space era from the dawn of space flight right up to today.
Mission Zone: Heroes & Legends, Early Space Adventures
Learn about USA’s first space explorers at the US Astronaut Hall of Fame and walk among their chariots of fire in the Rocket Garden. You might even meet a real astronaut at the Astronaut Encounter Presentations.
Mission Zone: NASA Now, Exploring Space in Current and Future Missions
This zone deals with the current missions to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as upcoming deep space exploration. You can look at earth the same way the astronauts see it in the 3D IMAX Theater or travel to the red planet in Journey to Mars. During the Mission Status Briefing, you can learn about current NASA missions and operations. You will also hear about launch activity from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.
Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other
In this Mission Zone, you can visit the iconic Space Shuttle Atlantis in its permanent exhibit. These shuttles took astronauts to space and back for thirty years. You can practice landing and docking in simulators and then feel the lift off at the Shuttle Launch Experience.
Mission Zone: Race To The Moon, Apollo/Saturn V Center
There are few occasions in United States history that unified our country like the race to the moon did. This Mission Zone explores some of the glory of that time period. You can relive one of the launches in the old launch room. Walk under the full length of a Saturn V rocket, the largest rockets ever were flown. Finally, relive the last few minutes before those famous words “the Eagle has landed.”
Mission Zone: Behind the Gates, Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
Take the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour in order to get behind the gates of the restricted area. This was the highlight of my visit to KSC. See a historic launch site or even a rocket being prepped. The bus drivers have tremendous knowledge of the whole site. They share it with you as you slowly make your way through the various launch areas and buildings.
You will not be disappointed when you visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. It is well worth the price of admission.
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