Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the Feb. 8 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch with two launch viewing locations to choose from: the Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the main Visitor Complex. The rocket is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to deploy the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
The Apollo/Saturn V Center is approximately 6 miles from the launch pad. The launch viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area also includes live launch commentary and food and retail available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the Apollo/Saturn V Center are available for $20 in addition to daily admission. Purchase tickets online at kennedyspacecenter.com or call 866-870-6239.
Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests to Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning 3:30 p.m.
Located at the main Visitor Complex, launch viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis is included in daily admission. The viewing area is approximately 6.7 miles from the launch pad and affords guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating and live launch commentary is provided.
The DSCOVR satellite carried by the Falcon 9 rocket is crucial in maintaining the precision and delivery of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) space weather alerts and forecasts by continuing the nation’s solar wind observations. By placing DSCOVR in orbit in a neutral gravity point between the Earth and sun, it provides up to a 60-minute warning for geomagnetic storms that can disrupt transportation systems, power grids, telecommunications and GPS. This new-generation satellite improves the detection time and protects the technology which powers our national security and economy.
DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force and intended to replace NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer, which is currently the only satellite providing real-time solar wind observations.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As always, launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.