Tuesday, April 20

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Tour and Review 2021

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Tour and Review 2021

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Tour and Review 2021. Come with me as we explore Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex together.

The eastern shores of Central Florida are known as the Space Coast. Operating as the home for Kennedy Space Center which serves as NASA’s primary launch facility for human spaceflight and The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex which is part exhibition facility and part living museum recording our endeavors to break the bonds of earth and reach the stars. As the sun rises off the east coast of Florida, we will explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on this episode of The Orlando Guy.

From downtown Orlando, The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is only 55 minutes East using the 528 Beachline Expressway and located on Merritt Island.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is organized into Mission Zones grouped by chronological era. From early space exploration to the present day, the story of humans in space is revealed.

We will begin our exploration in the Rocket Garden. Located just inside the front entrance, is an outdoor display of historic rockets that put Americans and satellites in space. You can walk up to and around the base of the rockets which include a Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas and Titan II rockets which launched both astronauts and satellites from nearby Cape Canaveral.

The garden also features mock-ups of capsules from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs that visitors can enter. Rocket Garden tours are offered several times a day which provide fun facts and insights into our early attempts to go beyond the heavens above us.

Next, we will tour Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. This exhibit celebrates the pioneers of NASA’s early space programs which inspired a nation to reach for the stars. Within the attraction you will learn about the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest space missions. Actual artifacts from these missions will help you relive the dawn of the space age and learn the common characteristics of an astronaut – among them, inspired, passionate, curious and tenacious – some of the nine identified traits.

The exhibit then leads you to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame – a place where American astronauts are remembered and honored from the Mercury 7 until today – including John Young who participated in both the Gemini and Apollo programs and fl ew the very first space shuttle mission in 1981. A graduate of Orlando High School, a major parkway in Orlando is named in John Young’s honor.

Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is an attraction with a focus on Mars exploration. The attraction, which employs large-scale video projections, dimensional exhibits and interactive experiences immerses you in the unsolved challenges of future space exploration. The exhibit includes orbital docketing and lunar landing simulators, a full-sized development model of a crew vehicle, models of space exploration vehicles, and the Mars rover family.

If you really want an immersive experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, sign up for the separate program called the Astronaut Training Experience. This 5-hour program will train you to be a part of the next generation of space explorers that prepare for human’s deep space travel. The Astronaut Training Experience will bring you as close to training, living and working on the Red Planet as possible without ever leaving Earth.

You will practice your docking skills, navigate the unique Mars terrain and experience the sensation of performing a spacewalk in a microgravity environment. Contact the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for schedule availability and individual or group cost information.

By far one of the most popular attractions is the bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center located near Launch Complex 39. The 100,000-square-foot facility houses a restored Saturn V launch vehicle and features other exhibits related to the Apollo program. Also on display is a slice of Moon rock that visitors can touch.

Other exhibits include the Apollo 14 command module Kitty Hawk, a piece of Apollo 13’s Lunar Module returned by the astronauts, lunar samples from Apollo 15 and Apollo 17, and a large cut-away scale model of the Saturn V.

Visit the website or call visitor information to confirm the availability of bus tours during your visit to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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