Guests Can Enjoy Best Public Viewing of SpaceX
Rocket Launch on Feb. 8 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Exclusive Viewing Packages Offer a Front Row Seat for the Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2015)KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the Feb. 8 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch with three launch viewing locations to choose from: the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, both located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, or the main Visitor Complex.  
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to deploy the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
Just 3.4 miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the LC-39 Observation Gantry offers the closest public viewing opportunity of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating and live launch commentary. The LC-39 Observation Gantry launch viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 in addition to daily admission. To purchase tickets, call 855-475-8415.
The Apollo/Saturn V Center is approximately 6 miles from the launch pad. The launch viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area also includes live launch commentary and food and retail available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20 in addition to daily admission. Purchase tickets online at kennedyspacecenter.com or call 866-870-6239.
Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests to Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning 3:30 p.m. and to the LC-39 Observation Gantry beginning at 4 p.m.
Located at the main Visitor Complex, launch viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle AtlantisSM is included in daily admission.  The viewing area is approximately 6.7 miles from the launch pad and affords guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating and live launch commentary is provided.
The DSCOVR satellite carried by the Falcon 9 rocket is crucial in maintaining the precision and delivery of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) space weather alerts and forecasts by continuing the nation’s solar wind observations. By placing DSCOVR in orbit in a neutral gravity point between the Earth and sun, it provides up to a 60-minute warning for geomagnetic storms that can disrupt transportation systems, power grids, telecommunications and GPS. This new-generation satellite improves the detection time and protects the technology which powers our national security and economy.
DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force and intended to replace NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer, which is currently the only satellite providing real-time solar wind observations.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.
Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.


Nancy Glasgow, 407-375-2433, nancy@bitner.com
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