Guests Can Enjoy Best Public Viewing of Atlas V Rocket Launch on July 15 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Exclusive Viewing Options Offer a ‘Front Row Seat’ for the Launch
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the July 15 launch of an Atlas V rocket, scheduled for 11:36 a.m. EDT, with four exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose.
The Atlas V will carry a Global Positional Satellite, or GPS IIF-10. This marks the 10th launch of twelve Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS IIF series is vital to U.S. national security and sustains the current GPS constellations, providing for greater navigation accuracy, improving military signal, and assisting with commercial aviation and search and rescue operations.
The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the NASA Causeway, LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center, located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as bleacher seating or an open lawn viewing area near Space Shuttle AtlantisSM in the main visitor complex.
Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:
· The NASA Causeway includes an exclusive, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off, as well as live launch commentary and bleacher seating. This is an outdoor viewing site with no covered viewing so guests are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the NASA Causeway are available for $49 plus tax, in addition to admission. Tickets can be purchased at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 855-456-6200.
· SOLD OUT: The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating, as well as live launch commentary. The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 in addition to admission. Purchase tickets by calling 855-475-8415.
· The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center is included in daily admission.
· Located at the main visitor complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis also is included in daily admission. The viewing area offers guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating, an open lawn viewing area and live launch commentary are provided.
Buses from the visitor complex will take guests to the LC-39 Observation Gantry from the Rocket Garden and to the NASA Causeway from Bus Unloading in front of Space Shuttle Atlantis beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the last bus departs at 10:45 a.m. Buses will transport guests to the Apollo/Saturn V Center from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., or until capacity is reached.
Admission to the visitor complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.
Visitor complex hours on July 15 are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.Follow us for more updates: