The world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space exploration is Kennedy Space Center.  The complex features an engaging exhibit – Space Shuttle Atlantis – and it brings visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before, with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. More than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators invite guests to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS).  

Guests can conduct a virtual EVA or extravehicular activity; practice docking to the ISS; extract cargo from the payload bay; create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS; virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank; kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle;  get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior; experience an orbital sunrise; strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch; take the helm at the shuttle cockpit, and much more.
Highlights of the Atlantis Shuttle Include:
  • The Entrance – Outside Space Shuttle Atlantis, guests are greeted by a full-scale, upright, replica space shuttle stack, including external tank and two solid rocket boosters. The 184-foot-tall assembly gives visitors a true sense of the massive size and awesome power used to thrust the shuttle into orbit.
  • The Building – Space Shuttle Atlantis features two sweeping architectural elements or “wings” representing the space shuttle’s launch and return.
  • Shuttle Launch Experience – Incorporated into Space Shuttle Atlantis is the adjacent Shuttle Launch Experience, which simulates the vertical launch aboard the space shuttle. Guests are immersed in the sights, sounds and feelings of a space shuttle launch, designed under the guidance of NASA and veteran space shuttle astronauts. 
Reserve your day of space exploration by purchasing Kennedy Space Center tickets.  You can save almost $5 when you purchase tickets prior to arrival.

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