Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis
at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Oct. 3
Day-long event will feature meet and greets, signing opportunities with Atlantis astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2015) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Guests are invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Atlantis’ first launch at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Oct. 3. Exclusive “30 Years of Atlantis” events will be offered throughout the day and include watching a live version of the engaging video series “Tell Me A Story,” ongoing showings of the video “Reflections of Atlantis,” and meet and greets and signing opportunities with Atlantis astronauts including Jerry Ross, Mike McCulley, Bo Bobko, Charlie Walker, Bob Springer and more.
On Oct. 3, 1985, Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on her first mission, STS 51-J. Atlantis was also the last orbiter to land at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011, concluding NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Today, Atlantis is in her new home – the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at the visitor complex – displayed with her payload bay doors open.
Guests can pick up a free commemorative black and white photograph of Atlantis marking the 30th anniversary and have it signed by Atlantis astronauts with several opportunities throughout the day on the top floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Lithographs of the visiting astronauts are also available for purchase in the Space Shop.
The “Tell Me a Story…Live” presentation on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis will offer legendary stories told by astronauts who flew aboard Atlantis.
“Reflections of Atlantis,” a video celebrating the iconic orbiter, will show every 15 minutes in the Hubble Theater. With a breathtaking view of the orbiter just a few feet away, the video features highlights of the 33 launches and missions completed by Atlantis and her astronaut crews.
All events listed above are included in admission. Tickets may be purchased at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-634-0735.
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, Journey to Mars: 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. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers multiday admission 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.
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Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Email: afarmer@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 321-449-4318
Nancy Glasgow, 407-375-2433, nancy@bitner.com
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