Friday, December 7, 2012
Catch a launch at Kennedy Space Center
What: Experience the excitement of a space launch from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as an Atlas V rocket launches a space plane prototype. United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket will carry X-37B, a prototype of an unmanned space plane or an orbital test vehicle (OTV), in its secret cargo.
The X-37B space plane, developed by The Boeing Company, is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. This prototype measures at 29 feet in length and can return to Earth and land like an airplane. The mission, named OTV-3, is the second flight of this re-usable spacecraft. The first flight successfully landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 3, 2012, after 224 days in orbit.
When: Launch window scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, between 1:03 and 6:03 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s operating hours may be extended based on the actual launch time.
Where: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral, FL.
How Much: Launch viewing is included with admission. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission is $50+ tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.
Admission also includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 5:00 p.m. daily.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.
Details: 877-313-2610 or www.kennedyspacecenter.com .