05.21.2015
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Guests Enjoy
Best Public Viewing for Today’s Launch of Atlas V Rocket
 
Exclusive Viewing Options Offered a ‘Front Row Seat’ for the Thunderous Atlas V Launch
 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla(May 20, 2015) — KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests experienced the thunderous roar and memorable sight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that lifted off  today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on a national defense mission. The rocket launched at 11:05 a.m.
 
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offered the closest public viewing of the launch, with guests at the LC-39 Observation Gantry enjoying this up-close, stunning view. (A high-resolution version is available here.)
 
Atlas V launch
 
The X-37B space plane carried by the Atlas V rocket is designed to launch like a satellite and land like an airplane. In 2012, it broke the record for the longest mission of a reusable space vehicle after a 469-day mission. Air Force Space Command-5 (AFSPC-5) marks the 54th launch of an Atlas V rocket since its first mission in 2002.
 
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, 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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