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Kennedy Space Center

Harmonizing fun and excitement with educational enrichment, America’s space program comes to life at Kennedy Space Center. It is here where the past, present and future of the space program is detailed in a variety of exhibits and shows, and where everything is larger than life -- from the 10-story high rockets on display in the Rocket Garden, to IMAX space films shown on gigantic five-story screens that show dramatic footage of shot by astronauts on actual space missions.

KSC Up-Close guided tours of the launch pad, the launch control center and the Vehicle Assembly Building allow visitors to get up close to restricted areas and receive in-depth information on the operations of Kennedy Space Center. The Shuttle Launch Experience allows visitors to participate in space-flight simulations, while the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) is a half-day program that immerses visitors in the preparation required for space flight.

Kids may become inspired through the visitor complex’s live theatrical productions and interactive experiences at Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, focusing on the future of space exploration. Or, they may partake in Astronaut Encounter or Lunch with An Astronaut, which offers rare opportunities to meet space explorers face-to-face.

Kennedy Space Center also is home to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which honors the heroism of the first astronauts, and houses the Science on a Sphere exhibit, which presents a 3D representation of a view of the Earth and other planets from space.

Continuing the Space Coast Legacy
Although the Space Shuttle program officially retired in 2011, Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is still home to thrilling unmanned rocket launches which can be viewed at the space center, as well as at many other spots in Brevard County. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex also is undergoing a 10-year redevelopment plan, and will become the permanent home of Space Shuttle Atlantis, which is on display in-flight as it was working in space.