PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring
Oct 17 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KENNEDY SPACE CENTER -- Fans of NASA's Space Shuttle Program will have their last opportunity to see an orbiter on the move when Atlantis makes its historic final journey on Nov. 2 at Kennedy Space Center.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121017/NY95134 )

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120518/NY09986LOGO-b )

Atlantis will travel the nearly 10 miles from Kennedy Space Center to its new home at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Because of crowd logistics and security – 70 percent of the route is in the restricted area of the space center – the only viewing opportunities for the move are being offered by the visitor complex via two different ticket packages requiring advance reservations.

The move will begin at 7 a.m. when Atlantis leaves Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at about 2 miles per hour on the 106-foot-long Orbiter Transporter System. The orbiter will make its way to Kennedy Space Center headquarters where at about 9:45 a.m. thousands of current NASA employees and former shuttle workers are scheduled to attend a private event that will include a ceremony to mark the transfer of Atlantis to the visitor complex.

Atlantis will then head to Space Florida's Exploration Park, a 65-acre area that will provide a festival setting for a half-day event where guests can see the shuttle up close and "in the round." NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana and the space shuttle astronauts from STS-135, the final shuttle and Atlantis mission, are also expected to attend.

In addition, Exploration Park will feature spaceflight and exploration exhibits provided by several space industry partners and NASA, including the Orion Crew Module, designed for deep space human exploration as the flagship of the nation's next-generation space fleet.

The Exploration Park portion of the day is open to those purchasing the special Explorer Package, which includes regular Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission.

"The final trip of Atlantis will be the very last time anyone is going to see a space shuttle in motion or out in the open, making it a truly unique and momentous viewing opportunity," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which operates the visitor complex for NASA.

"Atlantis is a spacecraft that has flown 33 missions into space, logging more than 125 million miles, and it was the last orbiter in space and the last to touch down at Kennedy Space Center. Seeing the orbiter up close will be an emotional experience," Moore said.

Atlantis will then leave Exploration Park and complete the final leg of its journey, traveling in front of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex along State Road 405/NASA Parkway before entering its new home, a $100 million interactive exhibit complex currently under construction and set to open in July 2013.

After the approximate 6 p.m. arrival, a 10-minute fireworks show will illuminate the skies of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, providing the grand finale to an extraordinary day. Explorer Package and regular visitor complex admission holders, through the Rollover Package, can witness the last part of Atlantis's journey as it enters the visitor complex.

NASA and Delaware North have spent the past year and a half planning the challenging logistics of Atlantis's 10-mile trek with a team of workers set to remove and replace 120 light poles, 23 traffic signals, 56 traffic signs and one high-voltage power line to make way for the orbiter.

Below are details of the two ticket packages being offered for Nov. 2:

  • Explorer Package, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Atlantis in the round, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission, Exploration Park ticket and roundtrip transportation.
    • Live robotics demonstrations by FIRST Robotic teams.
    • Displays to view the Orion Crew Module, designed for deep space human exploration as the flagship of the nation's next-generation space fleet.
    • Spaceflight and exploration exhibits by NASA, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX, ATK, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and XCOR Aerospace.
    • Solar observation using high-power telescopes with solar filters.
    • Historic space flight hardware and support vehicles, including the astronauts' escape vehicle, Armored Personnel Carrier, Astronaut Van and more.
    • See and hear from Space Shuttle astronauts, space industry leaders and NASA experts.   

Cost: $90 adult/$80 child (ages 3-11) plus tax

  • Rollover Package, includes Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission with the opportunity to see Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home, followed by fireworks.
    • Experience the exciting new era of human space exploration during a planetarium experience at the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Dome.
    • Learn about NASA's Time Machines: the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.
    • Discover the future of NASA with the transformation of Kennedy Space Center into a 21st Century Spaceport; the next generation of heavy launch vehicles: Space Launch System; and building the future in space through commercial crews.
    • A special Astronaut Encounter with space shuttle astronauts from Atlantis' final mission.
    • Additional displays and activities include the Lunar Quest Simulator, Vehicle Assembly Building Crane Simulator, Robotic Refueling mission, Technology Demonstration Missions and Inflatable Curiosity Rover

Cost: $50 adult/$40 child (ages 3-11) plus tax.

In addition to the Atlantis viewing opportunities, the Visitor Complex will host an Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show benefitting the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Throughout the day, a "who's who" of space exploration – more than 50 astronauts and special guests – will sign autographs at the Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility, adjacent to the Rocket Garden. Each astronaut will have his/her own station and charge a fee for autographs. Guests can bring memorabilia to be signed, or choose from photos and memorabilia that will be available for purchase. Admission is $15 for adults and children.

For more information about "Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey," visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. Tickets are available by calling 877-313-2610 or at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season.  Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

SOURCE Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex



RELATED LINKS
http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Questions?

Can I help you? Drop me a line and let me know. 

Blogger Services

Customized Newsfeeds

Don't let the name PR Newswire for Journalists dissuade you. This is a great service for bloggers. Any content creator -- whether you're a journalist, freelancer or blogger -- can set up a customized profile to receive releases based on preferences. You also have access to hi-res photos, media-only content such as media advisories and embargoed releases, and experts via ProfNet.

ProfNet

Need expert sources? Check out ProfNet, a service that helps journalists, bloggers, authors, and other content creators connect with experts -- at no charge. Sending a query is easy: Just fill out a form detailing the kind of expertise you need, how you want to be contacted, and your deadline. ProfNet will do the rest. You also can sign up for a weekly "tip sheet" of experts and story ideas. Visit ProfNet for more info or go directly to the query form.

ProfNet Connect

ProfNet Connect is a free, interactive online community where PR professionals, experts, and media professionals can network and engage with one another. Via profiles, forums and blogs, subject-matter experts can position themselves as the go-to source for content creators and journalists. In turn, content creators can search the site by keyword to find the experts they need. The site also features enhanced profile capabilities, allowing users to easily add multimedia components -- photos, videos, white papers and more -- to their profiles.

News Widget

Our widget allows you to display PR Newswire content on your site with very little back-end programming required.  You not only get the headline, but also the body of text of the news release, keeping the user on your site at all times.  In order to do so, the difference between our Widget and other widgets is at the end of the sign-up process, you will be provided with two pieces of source code -- one for the page where the Widget itself will be displayed and one for the pages that will display the body of text of each news release.  In addition, the sign-up process allows you to have 100 percent control over every aspect of the Widget's appearance, so that the Widget can blend in fully with the look and feel of your site. Still not convinced? Here's what one blogger had to say about the widget.

Search
  
  1. Home
  2. News Unfiltered
  3. Blog Posts
  4. Blogger Services
  5. Blogger Events
  6. Contact Us