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From the home of manned spaceflight…

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (April 11, 2011) – Three decades ago, astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launched STS-1 space shuttle Columbia from Kennedy Space Center. Since then, the Space Shuttle Program has transformed the way we explore space and look at the universe around us. From the construction and completion of the International Space Station to the amazing imagery captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, this reusable spacecraft has made world-renowned achievements.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host the Space Shuttle Program 30th Anniversary Celebration on April 12, 2011, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. NASA officials and veteran space shuttle astronauts will highlight the accomplishments of this complex space vehicle, as well as the dedicated Kennedy Space Center workforce, during a public presentation at 4:30 p.m. Buddy Valastro, the baker featured on the TLC show CAKE BOSS, will make a special space shuttle-themed cake presentation in honor of this historic occasion. Other activities include musical entertainment by the Space Connection band, educational activities, face painting and special recognition for 30-year space shuttle workers. Guests may register to win a pair of VIP tickets to witness the historic launch of STS-135 space shuttle Atlantis.

The Space Shuttle Program 30th Anniversary Celebration is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information, visit or call 877-313-2610.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter,STAR TREKTM LIVE, 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, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Parking, wheelchairs, strollers and pet kennels are free of charge. Admission is $43 + tax for adults and $33 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $56 + tax for adults and $46 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit
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