Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will offer exciting viewing opportunities for two upcoming Space Coast launches. On Thursday, Oct. 4, a Delta IV rocket will lift off from the Space Coast between 8:10 a.m. and 8:29 a.m. The following Sunday, Oct., 7, the first SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station will lift off at 8:34 p.m., providing for a thrilling night launch viewing.
Visitors will be able to experience the thrill of a space launch as a Delta IV rocket lifts off from the Space Coast on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Visitors can witness the sights and sounds of the launch from a special viewing area, including live launch commentary from mission control at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The launch window is scheduled between 8:10 and 8:29 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 37 B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Delta IV-Medium rocket, built by the United Launch Alliance, will be carrying the Navstar GPS, a constellation of satellites providing navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air, as well as supporting consumer GPS devices by providing accurate time, location and velocity information. Considered the next generation of GPS satellites, the technology incorporates various improvements to provide greater accuracy and increased signals to enhance the performance for users.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will open early at 7 a.m. Launch viewing is included with admission which is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.
Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Oct. 7
There is a second opportunity to watch the night sky light up as a Falcon 9 rocket rises from the East Coast on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.
Launch viewing for the first SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) will be available at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The night launch is scheduled for 8:34 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
This flight will begin a series of missions to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, restoring American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo aboard the Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon will carry 1,000 pounds of supplies, including materials to support the 166 planned investigations into plant cell biology and human biotechnology on the ISS. Upon arrival to the ISS, astronauts will use a robotic arm to grapple the Dragon and attach it. Before the Dragon returns to Earth, the six person Expedition 33 crew aboard the ISS will load the spacecraft with an estimated 730 pounds of scientific materials and 504 pounds of space station hardware.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering the public an opportunity to view this night launch from the NASA Causeway, the closest public viewing area to the launch pad. A limited number of Special Access Passes to the NASA Causeway can be purchased for $20 plus tax, in addition to admission. Bus boarding will begin at 5:30 p.m. EDT for transportation to the NASA Causeway.
Launch viewing is also available from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including live mission control commentary, and is included with regular admission.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 and visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.
Visiting Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.