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Space Shuttle Atlantis Opening at Kennedy Space Centre on 29 June

Discussion in 'Other Parks and Attractions News & Rumours' started by Wendy, May 22, 2013.

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    The world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle opens Saturday, June 29 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Space Shuttle AtlantisSM is the new, 90,000-square-foot, $100 million home of the priceless, historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. The Visitor Complex will open at 9 a.m. and grand opening events will take place throughout the day.

    More than 30 Atlantis astronauts will participate in the grand opening of Space Shuttle Atlantis, which will offer guests the public’s first access to the attraction. From only a few feet away, guests will be awed and inspired with an up-close, 360-degree view of Atlantis. The shuttle is dramatically showcased as if it were in orbit – as only astronauts have had a chance to see it. Atlantis is elevated 30 feet off the ground and rotated at a 43.21-degree angle with its payload bay doors open and Canadarm (robotic arm) extended.

    Space Shuttle Atlantis features more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators inviting guests to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind the Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station.

    Space Shuttle Atlantis grand opening festivities are included in regular Visitor Complex admission: $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.
     
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    excellent! A reason to go back in December I think
     
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    The last time I went to Kennedy was in 2001. We were due to see a launch during our trip (Discovery?) however it was delayed until the next day due to the weather and we missed it.

    Has it changed a lot in the last 12 years?
     
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    It has changed a lot, we went back last year as we wanted to do some of the limited behind the scenes tours and we were surprised at how much it has changed. If you haven't been for a while it is definitely worth the trip accross :yes:
     
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    Perfect timing :thumbsup:
    June 29th is slap bang in the middle of our next trip, so a day at KSC is definitely on the cards now. :banana:
     
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    oooo please do let us know how it goes, very interested in going back in December
     
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    Trip report and photos please :D

    We got annual passes last year so we are planning on going back :yes:
     
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    Whats your favourite things to do there?

    Last time we did the tour, gift shop and that was about it
     
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    Keith, if you are really into the "space thing" and Helen would be ok on her own for a day, then the Astronaut Training Experience is well worth considering. :yes:
     
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    I'm definitely going to have to look into that! I remember your great review :yes:
     

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