Rocket Launch Viewing Area at Kennedy Space Center

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 Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (launch date subject to change.). Visitors may enjoy a front row seat to view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, and from viewing areas at the Visitor Complex. Launch viewing is included in daily admission.

The rocket will blast off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the launch scheduled for 1:21 p.m. EST.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is launching the Atlas V rocket to carry GPS satellites that serve and protect warfighters by providing navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air. GPS IIF-8 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites, incorporating various improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals and enhanced performance for users. In addition to government needs, civilians around the world use and depend on GPS capabilities on a daily basis, whether it be through smart phones, computers, car GPS, or even for shopping and gaming.

Guests are invited to view the launch from the main Visitor Complex or the Apollo/Saturn V Center inside the gates of Kennedy Space Center. Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests to the Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning at 10 a.m. The last bus going to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for launch viewing will depart at 11:45 a.m. or until capacity is reached.

Located along the Banana River and only three miles from the launch pad, the Apollo/Saturn V viewing area offers the closest public viewing opportunity in Brevard County. This viewing area will feature live launch countdown commentary. Space for launch viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Launch viewing from select areas at the Visitor Complex also will feature live mission control commentary.

Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at or by calling 877-313-2610. The Visitor Complex will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 29.

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