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Pictures from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Orlando, Florida (USA): Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, and Astronaut Training Experience.
 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Orlando: Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex located east of Orlando, Florida (USA): Atlantis.           Pictures © Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the visitor center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It features exhibits, historic space crafts, shows, two IMAX theaters, a bus tour, and more. Since 1995, it has been operated by Delaware North Companies, a global entertainment and hospitality company.

The bus tour departs every 15 minutes. The guests have the option get on and off the bus, spending as much time as desired at each of the locations. Guided tours are available upon reservation. 

At the 3D IMAX theaters, Space Station 3-D,” filmed by 25 astronauts and cosmonauts takes you on an incredible journey of discovery from Earth to the International Space Station while Hubble 3-D transports you to distant galaxies and accompanies space-walking astronauts. Each film lasts about 45 minutes.

The Rocket Garden is an outdoor display of historic rockets that put Americans and satellites in space. Visitors can walk up to and around the base of the rockets.

During the program held daily in the Astronaut Encounter Theater, you may meet veteran astronauts from NASA’s famous Astronaut Corps and ask questions about human spaceflight.

Kennedy Space Center in Orlando: Shuttle Launch Experience
Kennedy Space Center situated east of Orlando, Florida (USA): Shuttle Launch Experience - Return to earth.

Shuttle Launch Experience is an attraction that was inaugurated in May 2007. It is a simulated ride into space. The attraction is housed in a 4,100 m2 (44,000-square-foot ) building that holds four simulators, each accommodating 44 people.

The guests experience the incredible journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting with sights, sounds and sensations of a space shuttle launch. After the journey to Earth’s orbit, they return to earth via a spiral ramp, with projections of Earth from space. 

Other attractions of Kennedy Space Center include Robot Scouts, Exploration Space "Explorers Wanted", Hubble Space Telescope, Astronaut Memorial, and Early Space Exploration, and Children's Play Dome. 

The 90,000 square-foot Space Shuttle Atlantis is the newest attraction of the Visitor Complex (opening June 29, 2013). It tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Outside Space Shuttle Atlantis, the twin rocket boosters, full-scale models, reach 45 m (149 ft.) high and the orange external tank 56 m (184 ft) high. 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located just to the west on 405, between Range Road and East Avenue SW in Titusville, about 1 hour east of most Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. It is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. 
 
Kennedy Space Center in Orlando: The Astronaut Training Experience
Kennedy Space Center located east of Orlando, Florida (USA): The Astronaut Training Experience.        © Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) program immerses you in the exciting world of today’s astronauts with realistic astronaut training. Advance reservations required. All ATX programs are held at the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. A program lasts half a day.

The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame honors American astronauts and features the world's largest collection of their personal memorabilia. It is located south of Titusville, Florida, six miles west of the Visitor Complex. It is open from 12 to 5 pm. Admission tickets to the Visitor Complex include a second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame if used within seven days.


 

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