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KSC and Area Attractions 2005

KSC and Area Attractions 2005

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KSC and AreaSpace Attractions
Along with the imposing Saturn V rocket in the Apollo/Saturn V Center, multimedia shows and numerous hands-on displays provide an inspirational look into America's quest to the moon.
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899(321) 449-4444www.kennedyspacecenter.comTDD for hearing-impaired: (321) 454-4198Current launch information:(800) KSC-INFO (in Florida only)
Te origins o a visitor center or KSC date to the1960s when public curiosity about the space programmushroomed. At rst, only drive-through tours were per-mitted, but as interest continued to mount, the need or a permanent visitors center became clear. A site was selectedin the mid-1960s, and in August 1967, the rst ocial visitors center was opened. Since then it has undergone anumber o expansions and upgrades.Te Visitor Complex eatures a wide variety o exhib-its and activities related to the space program, including guided bus tours o KSC and Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation.A space station-themed icket Plaza-Entranceway welcomes guests. An orientation center provides a mul-tilingual guest service sta to greet guests. A displaycommemorating ormer President John F. Kennedy andhis vision or America’s space program plus a multimedia presentation are teasers or the exciting exhibits, describedbelow, throughout the Complex.
Kennedy Space Center our:
A narrated, video-supplemented bus tour stops at the Launch Complex-39observation gantry or a panoramic view o KSC, spaceshuttle launch pads and rocket launch pads at Cape Ca-naveral Air Force Station, then drives by the Vehicle As-sembly Building and Orbiter Processing Facility. A second
The Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closingtime varies seasonally. Closed Christmas Dayand certain launch days. Guests should plan tospend a full day for a complete experience at theVisitor Complex.Maximum Access Admission – $37 + tax for adults and $27 + tax for children ages 3-11 –includes the KSC Tour, IMAX
lms, the Astronaut
Hall of Fame and all attractions and exhibits.Maximum Access tickets include a second dayfree.Wheelchairs and strollers are available for complimentary use inside the main entrance – allexhibits and tours are wheelchair accessible.
Te Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is locatedon Florida's beautiul Space Coast. It is located on S.R.405 (a.k.a. the NASA Causeway) inside the KSC en-trance, accessible via S.R. 528, I-95 and S.R. 3. Te VisitorComplex is operated or NASA by concessioner DelawareNorth Parks and Resorts at KSC, Inc.
stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center provides dramaticmultimedia shows and numerous hands-on displays or aninspirational look into America's quest to the moon.
Back-to-back IMAX
theaters showcase twoexciting, large-ormat motion pictures on screens ve-and-a-hal stories tall!
"Te Dream Is Alive."
Filmed by shuttle astro-nauts and narrated by Walter Cronkite, this lmcaptures the beauty and sensations o space ight,as well as the daily business o living and working in space. (37 minutes)
"Space Station 3-D."
Filmed by 25 astronautsand cosmonauts and narrated by actor omCruise, this 3-D lm takes guests on a cinematic journey o discovery rom planet Earth to the new-est star in the sky – the International Space Sta-tion. Via 3-D, you will sit inside the space shuttleduring launch, take a spacewalk, and oat throughthe space station. (45 minutes)
Universe Teater:
"Quest for Life."
 Visitors tothe Universe Teater can view this lm that illustrates theneed or humans to search or lie in this galaxy and ex- plore the unknown reaches o the universe.
 Astronaut Encounter:
Te KSC Visitor Complexis the only place on Earth where guests can come ace toace with a real astronaut every day o the year. Tis is ahal-hour, interactive Q&A-oriented program.
Mad Mission to Mars 2025:
Tis live-action stageshow enables guests to visit Mars without leaving Earth.Using stereoscopic 3-D computer animation and spectacu-lar theatrical eects, wacky characters Proessor Pruvitt,Kelvin, and WD-4D magically transorm guests into"astronaut trainees," then guide them on an interactive journey through the cosmos where they learn principlesessential or an astronaut to live and work in space.
Rocket Garden:
(Above right) A hallmark o theComplex, the outdoor "garden" eatures eight authenticrockets rom the past, including a Mercury-Atlas rocketsimilar to the one used to launch John Glenn into space in1962. Te garden also eatures climb-in Mercury, Geminiand Apollo capsule replicas, seating pods and inormativegraphic elements.
Shuttle Plaza:
A ull-size orbiter replica, the "Ex- plorer" allows guests to picture more clearly what it's liketo live and work in space. Full-size, genuine solid rocketboosters and an external tank are also on display, repre-senting all three components o a space shuttle. Actualspace shuttle mission hardware is displayed at the nearbyLaunch Status Center, and live briengs on space-relatedtopics are presented daily.
Early Space Exploration:
Highlighting the Mer-cury and Gemini space programs, this acility eaturesartiacts rom the rst manned space ights and houses theoriginal Mercury mission control consoles. Te exhibit islocated near the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conerence Facility.
Exploration in the New Millennium:
Gueststransition into the uture o space exploration on a journeyrom the Vikings' discoveries o Greenland and Iceland tothe Mars Viking Lander, the rst probe to land on Mars in1976. Guests not only can touch an actual piece o Mars,but also "sign up" or uture Mars missions by providing an electronic signature that is stored on a microchip andorwarded to NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. , ortravel on a uture Mars probe.
Robot Scouts:
Tis creative and humorous walk-through exhibit highlights NASA's unsung heroes, theunmanned planetary robot probes that pave the way orhuman space ight.
 Astronaut Memorial Mirror:
Dedicated May 9,1991, the Astronaut Memorial honors U.S. astronauts whogave their lives or space exploration. Te "Space Mirror,"42-1/2 eet high by 50 eet wide, illuminates the allen

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