Experience The Space When In Kennedy Space Center
Posted On December 3, 2009
The Kennedy space center is located on Merritt Island in Florida. Also the center located in the northwest direction of Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle connecting Miami and Jacksonville. It is length is around 55 km and is hardly around 10 km wide. The space center covers an area of around 570 square kilometers. Around 13,500 people had been working at the center up till 2008.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was earlier known as the Spaceport USA. It was been operated by Delaware North Companies. A number of displays as well as exhibitions took place here. The various activities that take place in the space center the Shuttle Launch Experience, two IMAX theaters, a reproduction ride into space and a variety of bus tours allowing visitors a closer look at various constrained areas that would not have possible otherwise.
The U.S. government installed John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is solely responsible for the management as well as the operations related to the America’s astronaut launch amenities. Currently it serves as the base for the three space shuttles located in the country. The NASA field center also carry out unmanned national launches from the neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is being operated by the 45th Space Wing. Each and every human space flight of US from the year 1968 are been launched by KSC. Its trademarked Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the fourth leading arrangement in the globe by quantity.
The Apollo-Saturn V Center are located at a few miles in the northern direction is a huge museum that is been constructed in the region of its showpiece display, which is a re-establish Saturn V launch vehicle. It also displays various other space related show, which includes an Apollo capsule. The two different theaters permit the visitor to experience again the various elements of the Apollo agenda. One replicate the surroundings within an Apollo sacking room all through an Apollo launch and the other one reproduce the Apollo 11 moon landing experience. The tour also comprises of the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) where the various component for the International Space Station are being examined.
The Visitor Complex does have the two most important facilities that are been carried out by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The mainly noticeable of these facilities is the Space Mirror Memorial, which is commonly known as the Astronaut Memorial. It is a huge granite mirror which is black in color. The names of all those astronauts who all died during the duty life are been engraved on this granite marble. The names are been illuminated continuously with the help of the natural as well as the artificial lights whenever they are required. Thus the names are seen as being flowing in the sky.
The various space-craft which are flight-used or flight-ready are on display at KSC
CM-119, an Apollo command module configured for a possible Skylab rescue assignment located at the Visitor Complex.
Gemini 9A a capsule located at the Visitor Complex.
LM-9, an Apollo Lunar Module. It was originally meant for Apollo 15, and now is placed at the Saturn V Center.
Mercury-Atlas 8 a capsule Sigma 7 and Apollo 14 Command Module Kitty Hawk which are positioned at the close by, Astronaut Hall of Fame.
500F, the re-established Saturn V examination item which is been put on show for several years and is placed near the VAB, in the Saturn V Center.
How to reach
The airport which is located very close to the Kennedy Space center is the Melbourne International Airport. It is located at a distance of 35 km towards the south of Cocoa Beach. Orlando International Airport which is located at a distance 56 km is another option to reach the center. The frequency of flights at Orlando airport is quite good as well as it is quite economical to take this route. Further it hardly 45-minute drive to reach Cape Canaveral beaches from the Orlando airport. You can opt for taxis or rented car to reach the center. Local bus services are been operated by the Space Coast Area Transit but the bus travel takes more time.
When to visit
The best time to visit the city is during the winter that is from November till January.
You can easily find many motels, cottages, hotels as well as rental villas across the city. You will find various food joints as well as many restaurants.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open for visit throughout the year except for December 25 and also on certain days when launching is going to take place. The hour when space center is open is from 9 in the morning till 5:30 in the evening. The timing of The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is open from 9 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. There is a bus tour organized by the space center. The estimated time required foe each tour is around 2 hrs. The bus tour starts at 10 in the morning and the buses depart every 15 minutes. The last bus departs at around 2:15 in the afternoon.
The entrance fees at the Kennedy Space center is $ 38 for an adult and $28 for a child, the taxes are to be additional.