Out-of-this-World Experiences on Florida’s Space Coast

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By Gabriele Walkow

Blast off on a multitude of adventures at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Florida’s Space Coast! Less than an hour from Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is your gateway to the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and activities. Explore the busiest launch facility on Earth with SmartGuide, a new handheld digital tour guide, available in eight languages.

HEROES & LEGENDS

A rendering of the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

A rendering of the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

This enthralling attraction is opening November 11 inside the entrance to the visitor complex. Presented by Boeing, this attraction captures the drama, heroism and dedication of the U.S. journey into space through three distinct experiences: a stunning 360-degree visual presentation, a 4-D multi-sensory theater experience and interactive exhibits showcasing astronaut memorabilia in tandem with holograms and more. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, housed in a majestic rotunda featuring state-of-the-art interactive technology, is the culminating exhibit.

COSMIC QUEST

Calling the next generation of space explorers! The only gameplay experience in the galaxy featuring real NASA missions is waiting for you. Launch a rocket, redirect an asteroid, build a Martian colony and meet Robonaut, the first dexterous humanoid robot in space, with Cosmic Quest. Using a custom astronaut badge as an activation device, Cosmic Quest trainees work with Robonaut to complete adventures throughout the visitor complex. Visitors may purchase a one-day Cosmic Quest activation badge for $19.95 plus tax.

TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT

Have you always dreamed of being an astronaut or wondered whether you could handle the training? Immerse yourself in the world of space exploration at the popular Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) and find out what it takes to become a member of NASA’s elite astronaut corps. This exciting half-day experience includes a mission briefing and Q&A with a real astronaut as well as learning and practicing skills in multiple simulators, such as the Micro-Gravity Wall and Multi-Axis Trainer.

HOLIDAYS IN SPACE

The Rocket Garden at sunset

The Rocket Garden at sunset

Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for a unique high-tech holiday celebration! The visitor complex is decked out with a stunning array of decorations from Nov. 25-Jan. 1. The reimagined “Spirit of Exploration,” a custom space and holiday themed projection mapping and pyrotechnics show, illuminates rockets throughout the Rocket Garden from Dec. 21-Jan. 1.

For more information or to book a visit, go to kennedyspacecenter.com.

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