04.24.2015
Celebrate 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope with
Three Days of Special Events, Guest Speakers and Hand-On Activities at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex April 24-26

 
Guests Can Participate in All Activities with the Price of Admission or
Upgrade to the “Hubble After Hours” Adventure including a Launch Viewing Opportunity
 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 2, 2015) KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Since the Hubble Space Telescope first launched from Kennedy Space Center in April 1990, NASA’s incredible observatory has unlocked the keys to the universe with hundreds of thousands breathtaking images of nebulae, star nurseries, black holes, quasars, and so much more. Beloved by millions of people around the world who have followed its trials and triumphs over the past quarter century, Hubble remains in orbit today, long exceeding its life expectancy thanks to five servicing and repair missions performed by space shuttle crews.
In celebration of Hubble’s incredible accomplishments over the past 25 years, the Visitor Complex invites guests to participate in three days of special activities and events, including:
 
  • A high-tech projection mapping show featuring 200 of Hubble’s most iconic images, as well as a photo gallery of large-scale, high-definition celestial prints.
  • A host of fun, hands-on education and activity stations for all ages, including a full-scale Hubble replica, portable planetarium shows, 3D printing, infrared light simulation, a “flight” through the universe, simulations of Hubble’s focus and accuracy, a scale replica of NASA’s next generation space telescope, and more.
  • Showings of the Hubble 3D IMAX® movie, filmed in space by NASA astronauts.
  • Presentations and Q&A sessions with NASA scientists, astronomers, astrophysicists and astronauts, including Dr. Sam Durrance, Dr. Eric B. Ford, Dr. Lisa Mazzuca and Dr. Weipeing Yu.
 
All of these exciting activities are included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and are free for annual pass holders.
 
“The 25 Years of Hubble event is unlike anything we’ve ever offered at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “For the price of regular admission, guests can take part in exciting Hubble-related experiments and activities, talk with experts in planetary science, see shows and films featuring Hubble’s incredible images, and so much more. It promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family.”
 
 
For a truly unforgettable Hubble experience, guests can opt to attend the exclusive Hubble After Hours Adventure on Friday, 4/24 from 4-11 p.m. This one-time, separately ticketed event includes:
 
  • A two-day ticket to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • An exclusive stargazing event supported by regional museums, planetariums and university-level astronomy clubs.
  • A laser astronomy tour of the night sky by Derek Demeter of Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College in Sanford, Fla.
  •  A host of fun and hands-on education and activity stations for all ages, including a full-scale Hubble replica, portable planetarium shows, infrared light simulation, a “flight” through the universe, simulations of Hubble’s focus and accuracy, and more.
  •  A presentation and Q&A session with veteran NASA astronaut and astro-geophysicist, Dr. Sam Durrance.
  • A high-tech projection mapping show featuring 200 of Hubble’s most iconic images, as well as a photo gallery of large-scale, high-definition celestial prints.
  • Showings of the Hubble 3D IMAX® movie, filmed in space by NASA astronauts.
  • A delicious buffet dinner at the Debus Conference Center and an evening snack.
  • A commemorative T-shirt and glow stick.
 
Tickets for the Hubble After Hours Adventure are $85 per person, adult or child, and must be purchased in advance. Launch dates are subject to change without notice, in which case, guests will receive a special bus tour of Kennedy Space Center.

Please visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com to purchase tickets or to view the complete event schedule. 
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®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®:  Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden 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.

Contact(s)

Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Email: afarmer@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 321-449-4318
Nancy Glasgow, 407-290-1060, ext. 104, nancy@bitner.com
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