SpaceX Night Rocket Launch June 12 Public Viewing Information

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Enjoy Best Public Viewing of SpaceX Night Rocket Launch on June 12

at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex


Space fans looking for the perfect way to spend the day of theSpaceX launch on June 12 will find Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex the ideal destination for space exploration. Visitors may enjoy a front row seat to view the stunning night-time launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area. The launch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


A limited number of tickets are available for purchase for launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, located within Kennedy Space Center and approximately five miles from the launch pad. Launch viewing includes mission control coverage and commentary by four-time space shuttle astronaut Bob Crippen beginning at 8 p.m. and is available for Visitor Complex guests for $20 plus the cost of admission. Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Bus boarding for the Apollo/Saturn V Center begins at 5:45 p.m. Guests should arrive at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex no later than 7:30 p.m. to allow time for transportation to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The viewing area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the Banana River. Launch Pad 40 is located southeast of the viewing area and guests have a direct view of the rocket on the launch pad and lift-off.

In addition to providing launch commentary, Crippen also will be featured in special 20-minute Astronaut Encounter shows in the Lunar Theater at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Food concessions and restroom facilities are available at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

This is the second Falcon 9 launch within three months following the successful April 18 launch of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch six second-generation ORBCOMM communications satellites to provide two-way data messaging services for global customers.

On launch day, the Visitor Complex will open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m., offering a full-day space experience. Guests can enjoy such attractions and activities as:

SpaceX Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

  • Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, where visitors can “be the astronaut” as they get nose to nose with a real spaceflown orbiter. Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed as if floating in space – the only space shuttle orbiter in the world exhibited this way. Guests can also “be the astronaut” as they train on various simulators: take a simulated spacewalk, land the space shuttle on the shuttle landing facility, operate the robotic Canadarm or dock with the International Space Station.
  • KSC Up-Close Explore Tour, which gives visitors an insider’s view of the U.S. Space Program, from the launch sites of today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the past and future of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes up-close views of the massive, 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by a panoramic view of launch pads at Cape Canaveral Airforce Station.
  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. The Apollo Treasures Gallery showcases treasures from the Apollo moon missions, including Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard’s spacesuit and the Apollo 14 Command Module, Kitty Hawk.


Admission tickets may be purchased at or by calling 877-313-2610.

Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.

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