Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the June 26 launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled for 11:09 a.m. EDT, with four exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose. The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for this seventh of 14 resupply missions by SpaceX for NASA, delivering food and supplies to the crew aboard the ISS.
As a secondary payload, CRS-7 will also carry the International Docking Adapter, the first of two adapters that will assist with docking future commercial crew spacecraft, including the Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Crew Dragon. The launch will be followed by the third landing attempt on a custom-built ocean platform by the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket.
The Visitor Complex will offer launch viewing from the NASA Causeway, LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center, located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as bleacher seating or an open lawn viewing area near Space Shuttle Atlantis in the main Visitor Complex.
Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:
1) The NASA Causeway includes an exclusive, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off, as well as live launch commentary and bleacher seating. This is an outdoor viewing site with no covered viewing so guests are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the NASA Causeway are available for $49 plus tax, in addition to admission. Tickets can be purchased at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 855-456-6200.
2) The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off. Just miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, guests can feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating, as well as live launch commentary. The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 in addition to admission. Purchase tickets by calling 855-475-8415.
3) The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center is included in daily admission.
4) Located at the main Visitor Complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis also is included in daily admission. The viewing area offers guests a view of the rocket once it clears the tree line. Bleacher seating, an open lawn viewing area and live launch commentary are provided.
Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests to the LC-39 Observation Gantry from the Rocket Garden and to the NASA Causeway near Early Space Exploration beginning at 8:45 a.m. until the last bus departs at 10:15 a.m. Buses will transport guests to the Apollo/Saturn V Center from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., or until capacity is reached.
Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610.
Visitor Complex hours on June 26 are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.