Where to go for best public viewing of Delta IV rocket launch on July 23

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a “front row seat” to view the July 23 Delta IV rocket launch, which is scheduled for 7:03 p.m.

Where to go for best public viewing of Delta IV rocket launch on July 23

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a “front row seat” to view the July 23 Delta IV rocket launch, which is scheduled for 7:03 p.m. The Visitor Complex provides the closest public viewing area, complete with live launch commentary, and launch viewing is included in daily admission.

Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11.

Guests can also watch the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center inside Kennedy Space Center. The viewing area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the Banana River, as well as live launch commentary. Guests will be transported from the Visitor Complex to the Apollo/Saturn V Center via bus until viewing capacity is reached.

The Visitor Complex will open at 9 a.m. and stay open late for the Delta IV launch.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is launching the Delta IV rocket to carry two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites into orbit. The Delta IV will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite. The group of GPS satellites provides the military with navigational assistance for operations on land, at sea, and in the air. In addition, the satellites support civilian users for highly accurate time, location and velocity information.

On launch day, the Visitor Complex offers a full-day space experience, with such attractions and activities as:

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· Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, where visitors can “be the astronaut” as they get nose to nose with a real space-flown orbiter. Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed as if floating in space – the only space shuttle in the world exhibited this way. Guests can also flex their astronaut abilities 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 Air Force Station.

· The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multimedia 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.

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