Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of the March 25 Delta IV rocket launch, scheduled for 2:36 p.m., with four exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose. The Complex will offer launch viewing from the LC-39 Observation Gantry, the NASA Causeway, as well as bleacher seating or an open lawn viewing area near Space Shuttle Atlantis located at the main Visitor Complex.
Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:
- The NASA Causeway provides an up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during liftoff. At just three miles away from Space Launch Complex 37, NASA Causeway launch viewing may allow guests to feel shockwaves as they travel across the Banana River. This location includes live launch commentary and bleacher seating.
Launch Transportation Tickets to NASA Causeway are available for $49 plus tax, in addition to admission. To purchase tickets, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com or call 855-456-6200. Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests with Launch Transportation Tickets to the NASA Causeway beginning at 12 p.m.
- The LC-39 Observation Gantry affords a premium, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during liftoff. Just over five miles from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the LC-39 Observation Gantry allows guests to feel the force of the launch and hear the roar of the engines. This area features lawn and bleacher seating and live launch commentary.
The viewing package includes launch transportation, a light snack and a souvenir T-shirt. Launch Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49 plus tax, in addition to admission. Tickets are not available online. To purchase tickets, call 855-475-8415. Buses from the Visitor Complex will take guests with Launch Transportation Tickets to the LC-39 Observation Gantry starting at 12:30 p.m.
- The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and is approximately eight miles from Space Launch Complex 37. 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 with daily admission to the Visitor Complex.
- Located at the main Visitor Complex, viewing adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis is included in daily admission. The viewing area is approximately seven miles from the launch pad and 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.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will carry a Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS IIF-9. This marks the ninth launch of 12 Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS IIF series is vital to U.S. national security and it also sustains the current GPS constellations. This provides greater accuracy for navigation, improves military signal and assists with commercial aviation and search and rescue operations.
Admission to the Visitor Complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission tickets may be purchased at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-313-2610. Launch date, time and viewing locations are subject to change.