Kennedy Space Center is hosting a limited time special behind the scenes tour of NASA’s Launch Control Center. Visitors gain rare access to an area where NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs. This is the first time in more than 30 years this tour has been offered.
During this special access tour guests are taken inside Firing Room 4, one of the Launch Control Center’s four firing rooms and the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled. Along with viewing the computer consoles engineers used to monitor system checks and the main launch countdown clock, visitors will enter The “Bubble Room, “with its wall of interior windows through which the KSC Management team viewed al of the proceedings below.
The Launch Control Center Tour is led by a trained space expert, giving visitors an insider’s view of the space program from launch preparation to liftoff. The tour also includes drive-by views of Launch Pad 39 and culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where visitors can resume the regular tour. Price is $25 for adults and $19 for children ages 3-11 plus tax, in addition to regular Kennedy Space Center admission.
The tour will also showcase the Launch Control Center’s lobby, which features 153 wall plaques – one for every mission guided there since the first, the unmanned Apollo 4 in 1967. Included are the manned Apollo moon missions, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, the Saturn V launches for Skylab in the mid-1970s, and the launches for the 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
Access to the Launch Control Center will be available through 2012.