Sunday, January 18, 2015 | Posted by OTPN administrator | Edit Post
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the breathtaking sights and sounds of the launch of an Atlas V rocket as it lifts off on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Special viewing packages allow visitors to enjoy a front row seat to view the launch from the LC-39 Observation Gantry or Apollo/Saturn V Center. The rocket will blast off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the launch scheduled for 7:43 p.m. EST.
The LC-39 Observation Gantry package offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just 2.3 miles from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the LC-39 Observation Gantry affords guests the opportunity to feel the force of the rocket and hear the roar of its engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating and live launch commentary. The package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 in addition to Visitor Complex admission.
The Apollo/Saturn V Center package offers launch viewing 5.4 miles from Launch Pad 41 and a viewing area that features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area also includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase and indoor restroom facilities. Launch Transportation Tickets to Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20 in addition to Visitor Complex admission.
LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center Launch Transportation Tickets may be purchased online at kennedyspacecenter.com or by calling 855-475-8415. Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests to the Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. and to the LC-39 Observation Gantry beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Launch viewing also will be available from bleacher seating north of Space Shuttle AtlantisSM located in the main Visitor Complex, approximately 7 miles from the launch pad. Space Shuttle Atlantis launch viewing is included in daily admission.
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will carry the MUOS-3 satellite. MUOS-3, or Mobile User Objective System, is the third in a series of U.S. Navy next-generation satellite communications systems designed to improve the quality of ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. This marks ULA’s first launch of 2015 and the 52nd launch of the Atlas V rocket.
Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610. The Visitor Complex will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 20.
NOTE: Launch date and time are subject to change.