First Commercial Spacecraft to Visit International Space Station on Display Friday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 9
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that made history in May 2012 as the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) is on display for four days only – Friday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 – at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The display coincides with the Feb. 8 SpaceX launch to deploy the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
The Dragon spacecraft is on display at NASA Central, just outside the Visitor Complex’s Space Shop. Guests are welcome to take photos with the authentic space-flown spacecraft. The SpaceX Dragon display is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is free for annual pass holders. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Since its first flight, SpaceX has completed four official ISS resupply missions for NASA, with one mission currently at the space station. Dragon is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth. Previously, only government spacecraft were used to deliver and retrieve cargo from the ISS.
“Guests at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex have a rare opportunity to see up close the actual SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that made the first historic journey to the International Space Station,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We are honored to display this remarkable spacecraft representing SpaceX’s success in resupply missions for the International Space Station and NASA.”
Under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, SpaceX will fly at least seven more cargo supply missions to the ISS for a total of 12. SpaceX also is working on a Crew Dragon to complement its successful cargo spacecraft under a separate $2.6 billion contract with NASA, with the goal of flying astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil in 2017.
About SpaceX
SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft. For more information, visit the SpaceX website at spacex.com.
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 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 most comprehensive collection of personal astronaut memorabilia (opens daily at noon; 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. 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.


Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Email: afarmer@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 321-449-4318
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