Kennedy Space Center
Budding astronauts (and their parents!) will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Located just 45 minutes east of the Orlando International Airport, this unique experience is well worth the drive. The visitor complex defies categorization with a mix of attractions, interactive experiences and simulators, historically based behind-the-scenes tours, exclusive exhibits and out-of-this-world 3D space films. In short, it’s a vacation destination like no place else on Earth.
New Astronaut Training Experience
In the all new Astronaut Training Experience® (ATX) at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, train like the next generation of space explorers who will travel to Mars, and be transported to the red planet to live and work for the day. During ATX, hone your docking skills, navigate the Mars terrain and experience the sensation of conducting a spacewalk in a microgravity environment. Mars Base 1 invites Rookie Astronauts to manage operations, harvest vegetables in the botany lab, and work through challenges of thriving in the harsh environment. It is an experience like no other on the planet.
Space Shuttle Highlights
With so much to see and do, you can spend a day or more experiencing the multiple attractions and shows. Don’t miss the iconic Space Shuttle Atlantis® attraction where you can come nose to nose with the priceless spacecraft that successfully flew 33 missions and still bears the scorch marks and space dust of more than 126 million miles and 307 days in space. Launch into space aboard the Shuttle Launch Experience® ride.
Settle down and immerse yourself in the mysteries of space during not one but two 3D space films, shown on five-and-a-half-story IMAX® screens. This is a terrific way to end your day, in air-conditioned comfort and dwarfed by images that will simply take your breath away!
Heroes & Legends
At the all-new Heroes & Legends, you can relive the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest space missions and embark on an awe-inspiring journey designed to spark thought about how humans define a hero. Experience the dawn of the space age with astronaut pioneers through a mix of 4D multisensory theater and actual artifacts including a Redstone rocket suspended overhead along with the Sigma 7 capsule and a uniquely close-up look at the Gemini 9 capsule. Learn which qualities define heroes before finding them among those inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Journey through time and space to the farthest reaches of the universe at “Eyes on the Universe: NASA’S Space Telescopes,” the newest and only 3D 4K resolution show at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. During this live presentation, traverse back in time 13.4 billion years ago through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope and uncover what is yet to be seen with the next great observatory under development: NASA’s James Webb Telescope. Play a live action game, Cosmic Quest® — the only game-play experience in the galaxy featuring real NASA missions. Launch a rocket, redirect an asteroid, build a Martian habitat, and meet Robonaut! Learn what it takes to work for NASA by embarking on immersive NASA-inspired adventures, based on actual NASA science and future missions.
Science on a Sphere
Gaze down upon the magnificence of Earth as only astronauts have done before at Science on a Sphere®. Using computers and video projectors, the six-foot-diameter sphere is transformed into a brilliantly lit animated globe, illustrating for all ages the many facets of Earth and planetary sciences. Discover what’s next for NASA by stepping into the center of space travel and become part of the future of exciting possibilities for Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted.
Meet a veteran NASA astronaut at Astronaut Encounter, a live show featuring face to face question and answer sessions with real astronauts. You can also book Lunch With An Astronaut, which is just as fascinating and includes a great luncheon buffet and soft drinks.
Go stand among the giants of early space exploration in the Rocket Garden, home to the rockets from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Still magnificent to look at they concur up childhood memories for many visitors who remember the race for space with the Russians.
Go “behind the gates” to get a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center on one of the daily tours, departing by bus every 15 minutes from the visitor complex. Experienced tour guides take you past some of the most iconic NASA landmarks including the 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building where rockets and the space shuttles were stacked in preparation for launch, a crawler-transporter used to move Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad, the new countdown clock at NASA’s Press Site and a working launch pad. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some rare refuge wildlife on the way. The tour ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’re free to explore at your own pace before you board another bus back to the visitor complex.
Apollo Saturn V Center
The Apollo/Saturn V Center features the most awesome piece of hardware you’ll ever get to stand underneath – the mighty Saturn V. Do what others have only imagined as you touch a real moon rock and get an up-close look at the moon dust that traveled home on Alan Shepard’s moon suit. Relive the wonder and excitement of the Apollo era in this one-of-a-kind attraction that celebrates the unprecedented achievement of putting a man on the moon.
Location & Info
With its seaside location and unique facilities steeped in history, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida boasts amazing views typically seen only by employees and astronauts. Now space enthusiasts around the world can take a virtual walk through the transfer aisle of the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, stand at the top of Launch Pad 39A, and more, thanks to a new partnership between Kennedy and Google Maps with Street View.