Atlas V Rocket Launch Viewing at Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can experience the sights and powerful sounds of an Atlas V rocket launch Friday, Oct. 30 at 12:17 p.m. with four exclusive launch viewing locations to choose from. The Atlas V will carry a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS IIF-11), which is vital to U.S. national security and sustains the current GPS constellations. This provides greater accuracy for navigation, improves military signal and assists search and rescue operations.

The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the LC-39 Observation Gantry, NASA Causeway and Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as a viewing area at the main visitor complex. Each of the locations offers thrilling viewing experiences:

1) The LC-39 Observation Gantry (SOLD OUT)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.

2) 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 or by calling 855-456-6200.

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.

Buses from the visitor complex will depart for the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the NASA Causeway from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Buses will transport guests directly to Apollo/Saturn V Center from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Admission to the visitor complex is $50 plus tax for adults and $40 plus tax for children 3-11. Kennedy Space Center admission tickets may be purchased at or by calling 877-313-2610. Launch date, time, and viewing locations are subject to change.

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