Kennedy Space Center Updates (November & December)

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host numerous events in the next few weeks. First of all, Guests will be able to experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of an evening Atlas V rocket launch on Thursday, December 3 at 5:55 p.m., with two exclusive launch viewing locations from which to choose.
The Atlas V rocket will carry the second Cygnus cargo mission, transporting approximately 7,700 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. 

The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center for $20 plus tax in addition to admission, as well as a viewing area adjacent to Space Shuttle Atlantis at the main visitor complex, which is included in daily admission. 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.

Brevard Space Week
Each year, Brevard Schools Foundation introduces every sixth grade student to the community’s rich history of space exploration through Brevard Space Week. Classroom learning designed around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education culminates in an inspirational study trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where students will experience Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The approximately 5,000 students also will participate in an engineering truss design challenge. Brevard County sixth grade students will tour the visitor complex Nov. 23, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 4, Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.

“Fly With An Astronaut”
The visitor complex is offering a special, limited-time, limited-capacity program called “Fly With An Astronaut” in which guests can spend a thrilling half day experiencing the highlights of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including a ‘flight’ on Shuttle Launch Experience, with a veteran NASA space shuttle astronaut.

Limited to just 43 guests per day Nov. 27-29, the program includes admission to the visitor complex as well as a morning of tours and activities guided by astronaut Jon McBride. One of many highlights of the day is the opportunity to “fly” on Shuttle Launch Experience with McBride, who was selected by NASA in the first class of space shuttle astronauts. Fly With An Astronaut is $199 for adults; $174 for children (ages 3-11), including visitor complex admission, a catered lunch, an autographed photo and a retail gift.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex annual pass holders may purchase the program for $149 per adult or $134 per child (ages 3-11). Seating is limited; for reservations, call 855-456-6597.

Meet Veteran NASA Astronauts
Veteran NASA astronauts will meet with visitors at Astronaut Encounter:
  • Space Shuttle Astronaut Bob Springer – Nov. 21-24
  • Space Shuttle Astronaut John Bartoe – Nov. 25-30
  • Space Shuttle Astronaut Bruce Melnick – Dec. 1-3
For more information about these and other special events, visit

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