‘Great Balls of Fire’ Interactive Exhibit Opens at Kennedy Space Centre Complex

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  1. Wendy

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    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recently celebrated the grand opening of the new “Great Balls of Fireâ€￾ interactive exhibit, which provides guests with an in-depth and hands-on experience as they learn about asteroids, comets and meteorites. As part of the grand opening, former astronaut, Dr. Tom Jones discussed how NASA research allows us to better defend Earth against the impact of asteroids.

    Great Balls of Fire allows Visitor Complex guests to discover the risks that these space projectiles present to our planet and explores how we keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts.

    Dr. Tom Jones, four-time space shuttle astronaut, was the guest of honor at the grand opening. As a senior research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Jones addressed the future direction of human space exploration, uses of asteroid and space resources and defending Earth from asteroid impacts.

    Within the Great Balls of Fire exhibit is Asteroid Encounter, where guests can climb aboard a “spaceshipâ€￾ and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. Guests also can explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit their hometown, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips, build their own solar system and much more.

    “Great Balls of Fire is an interactive exhibit that educates guests on the risks and benefits of asteroids and comets,â€￾ said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We’ve never had anything like this at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and it’s a great way to create an entertaining and fun learning environment for children and adults.â€￾
     
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    I'm really going to need to go back to KSC in November :yes: I love that they're adding more things to keep it fresh
     
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    I think I read somewhere that they're planning on opening ten attractions in ten years.

    ...Not that I need an excuse to go back! I was really disappointed that I didn't get time to go on my last visit, despite having an annual pass.
     
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    I really like KSC and what they did with Atlantis was just amazing.
     
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    I really want to go but Stephen not keen so... I'm looking for someone to hold my hand ;)
     
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    Maybe next year :D
     

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