Junior NInja Review: Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA
Our Junior NInja Emily Thompson visited Orlando, Florida over the school holidays – and visited one of the key attractions of the area with a full day visit of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!
My day at Kennedy Space Centre…3-2-1 BLAST OFF!
For decades, Kennedy Space Centre has been the hub of space missions so I couldnt wait to experience everything this world famous place had to offer – we were so excited to get there that we were there for opening to try and beat the crowds!
I am really interested in the Space Shuttle Programme which started at Kennedy Space Centre so we headed straight to Mission Zone Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other. Here, we saw space shuttle Atlantis which transported astronauts into space over a 30 year period, launching like a rocket and landing like a glider. It was mind blowing to see the actual shuttle right in front of our eyes and to learn about all its history.
The exhibits were really interesting and I learned so much about the history of human space travel.
During the tour we also got to ride a shuttle launch simulator which gave us a real taste of what astronauts experience during a launch. NASA veterans say that this is the closest experience to being on board an actual shuttle so that was really cool – my brother William thought this was the best part of the day!
Next was a bus tour which takes you to the restricted area to see the launch pads. One thing I would love to have seen is an actual launch – how amazing would that be?! This is NASA’s main launch centre so I would recommend to anyone thinking about visiting tocheck launch dates as I think that this would make your visit to Kennedy Space Centre a truly out of this world experience!
Other attractions include seeing the largest rocket to have ever been launched into space, Saturn V rocket. You can also experience astronaut training simulators and meet a real-life astronaut. There is an astronaut hall of fame and an IMAX Theatre where you can watch 3D movies of space travel.
Overall, I would recommend Kennedy Space Centre to anyone who is interested in science, space travel and history, this is definitely the place for you to visit! You won’t experience anything like this anywhere else on planet Earth!
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities. This includes the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which features an actual Saturn V Moon rocket, and is currently being upgraded and expanded in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and Moon landing.
Also included with admission are Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, and the Rocket Garden. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $57 + tax for adults and $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com
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