NASA’s Space Center is now a travel destination

Posted by on October 8, 2012

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It is ingrained in history that Kennedy Space center is where the manned mission to space was launched. Today there is no need to be a rocket scientist just to be close to space shuttles and other significant places that changed the way we see the universe. The government is not spending a dime on flying to space however if you are still awestruck with astronomical stuff, you will love the new offering of Kennedy Space Center. After 30 long years, NASA is allowing the public in the launch control center. This is where directors and engineers convene as they launched over a hundred of space shuttles and Apollo programs.  The whole package is called KSC Up-Close: Launch Control Center (LCC) Tour.  This is part of the rare access tours in celebrating 50 years of the center.  You would be taken inside the Firing Room 4. This is where about 21 space shuttle missions were launched and controlled. This place is considered a luxury travel spot as in the past nobody was allowed to enter.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Rocket

Kennedy Space Center Rocket

Kennedy Space Center explorer

Kennedy Space Center explorer

Inside the Firing Room 4 is where you can find consoles and control systems that were being monitored during the launch. You will be able to see thousands of system checks that were done before the launched. There is the famous countdown clock and large video monitors. Aside from this tour, you are able to see the rockets. As a visitor, you will start the tour in the Vehicle Assembly Building that is about 525 feet tall. It is where the Apollo rockets and space shuttles were assembles.  This is a rare opportunity coming from NASA. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kennedy Space Center field

Kennedy Space Center field

Kennedy Space Center tables

Kennedy Space Center tables

Kennedy Space Center HDR

Kennedy Space Center HDR

The tours are guided by space experts that will give you insight from the launch to take off. The tour would also include viewing the Launch Pad 39 and it ends on the Apollo/Saturn V Center. You will be able to get inside the bubble room which looks into the Launch Control Center.  For the first time in 40 years, you can also sit in the director’s chair. This is where you can see the big red button. This is where everything happens during the launch period. You can also catch a glimpse of Atlantis. Visitors can explore the shuttle up close.

Kennedy Space Center LCC

Kennedy Space Center LCC

Kennedy Space Center LCC Take-off 1

Kennedy Space Center LCC Take-off 1

Kennedy Space Center LCC Take-off 2

Kennedy Space Center LCC Take-off 2

The launch pad 39 A is still the same after the shuttle took off last year. NASA is seeing this as an opportunity for the public to get close to history. The commercialization of the space travel had been planned years ago. Everyone should appreciate the fact that they are part of the unparalleled history of mankind’s journey to outer space. It is time to take advantage of the behind the scenes tour offered by Kennedy Space Center. This is a different kind of adventure that is so unique and worth your time.

Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39

Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39

photo 1 & 2: Tom Smalling, photo 3: albgarci, photo 4: R@j, photo 5: iweatherman, photo 6: Ed Ray, photo 7: AGeekMom, photo 8 & 9: NASA on The Commons, photo 10: Bernt Rostad

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