09.19.2012
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (September 14, 2012) – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a series of events to celebrate Space Shuttle Atlantis’ historic final trip to its new home at the Visitor Complex on Friday, November 2, 2012.
 
Visitors are invited to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” event that will mark Atlantis’ last voyage. The space shuttle will make a 10-mile rolling journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the Visitor Complex atop the Orbiter Transporter System (OTS). The move concludes at the new $100-million permanent home under construction for the orbiter, which is set to open summer 2013.
 
Opportunities to see Atlantis from two vantage points – the Visitor Complex and Exploration Park – are available during this unique event and four “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” viewing packages are offered:  
  • Atlantis Adventure Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission, a ticket and roundtrip transportation to Exploration Park featuring the opportunity to view and photograph Atlantis in 360 degrees from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad tour.
The Launch Pad tour takes visitors a quarter-mile within the perimeter security fence of Launch Pad 39-A to enjoy close-up views of the 350-foot high launch pad. The tour also includes a new photo opportunity in front of the Flame Trench and drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B, the VAB and mobile launcher platforms, and ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
 
Additional activities at Exploration Park include Space Shuttle Program astronaut appearances, interactive exhibits, displays of spaceflight hardware from past, current and future programs. Exhibitors scheduled to attend include: The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace. Cost: $115 adult/$105 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.
 
  • Explorer Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission and a ticket and roundtrip transportation to Exploration Park featuring the opportunity to view and photograph Atlantis in 360 degrees from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additional activities at Exploration Park include Space Shuttle Program astronaut appearances, interactive exhibits, displays of spaceflight hardware from past, current and future programs. Exhibitors scheduled to attend include: The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace. Cost: $90 adult/$80 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.
 
·         Lift-off Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission, an opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 to 6 p.m., and a KSC Up-Close: Launch Pad tour, which takes visitors a quarter-mile within the perimeter security fence of Launch Pad 39-A to enjoy close-up views of the 350-foot high launch pad. The tour also includes a new photo opportunity in front of the Flame Trench and drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B, the VAB and mobile launcher platforms, and ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Cost: $75 adult/$59 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.
 
  • Rollover Package: Includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission with the opportunity to see Atlantis travel along the roadway and enter the orbiter home from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the day, enjoy special exhibits as well as the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter,Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®. Cost: $50 adult/$40 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.
In addition to the Atlantis viewing opportunities, the Visitor Complex will host an Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show benefitting the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. A "who's who" of space exploration – more than 40 astronauts and special guests – will sign autographs at the Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility, adjacent to the Rocket Garden. Each astronaut will have his/her own station and charge a fee for autographs. Guests can bring memorabilia to be signed, or choose from photos and memorabilia that will be available for purchase. Admission is $15 for adults and children.
 
“Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” Ticket Process
“Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” requires a special ticket purchase. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EDT. Links will be placed on KennedySpaceCenter.com at that time directing online users to the “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” ticket opportunity webpage.
For more information about “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey,” call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season.  Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, featuring an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter,Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $63+ tax for adults and $53 + 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
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