Top 10 Attractions This Summer at Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center.Anyone visiting Florida and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex can relive the story of the U.S. space program and experience fun and educational activities.

Among the top attractions this summer is the Space Shuttle Atlantis which lets visitors get close to a real spaceflown orbiter. Guests can train on various simulators, take a virtual spacewalk, land the shuttle on the landing facility, operate the robotic Canadarm or dock with the International Space Station.

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Guests can also virtually launch into space aboard the space shuttle at the Shuttle Launch Experience. Visitors will experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a launch. Called by veteran astronauts the world’s most realistic simulation of a space shuttle launch, Shuttle Launch Experience is now a part of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Visitors can tour Kennedy Space Center on KSC Bus Tours. The tour shows the Vehicle Assembly building where NASA’s space shuttle was stacked for launch, along with the iconic launch pads, now being prepared for future space missions. The final destination of the tour is the Apollo/Saturn V Center where guests can relive the launch of Apollo 8 in the Firing Room Theater. The Apollo Treasures Gallery shows artifacts from the Apollo moon missions.

Visitors can experience the vibrations, noise and view of a rocket launch. An ongoing schedule of space launches keeps people watching the skies above Kennedy Space Center throughout the year.

Finally, guests can meet an astronaut through the Astronaut Encounter, a half-hour, interactive session which aims to inspire children and adults to strive for excellence and is included in general admission. Guests can purchase tickets to Lunch With an Astronaut. Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $15.99 for children plus tax.