KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex today officially opened Shuttle Launch Experience.
Joining Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and key officials for the
attraction's premiere were NASA veteran astronauts including Charlie
Bolden, Rick Searfoss, John Young, Robert Crippin, Buzz Aldrin and Al
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The culmination of three years of development by veteran Space Shuttle
astronauts, renowned attraction experts and a design team under the
guidance of NASA, Shuttle Launch Experience sends visitors through a
simulation of launching into Earth's orbit from Kennedy Space Center, the
birthplace of American space exploration, minutes from Orlando.
Through sophisticated motion technology, special effects seats and high
fidelity presentations, the unique experience immerses visitors in the
sensations of launching into space -- going fully vertical in the process.
Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons and Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex Chief Operating Officer Daniel LeBlanc joined first Space
Shuttle Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen for the inaugural
launch of Shuttle Launch Experience. Astronauts and visitors embarked on
the new attraction, becoming the first crews of terrestrial explorers to
feel the effects of the Space Shuttle's rush to Earth's orbit.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is charting a new course to bring
far-reaching NASA exploration events and triumphs to visitors -- up close
and personal. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been operated by
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Inc. on behalf of NASA since
1995. More than 1.4 million visitors annually tour Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex, the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida's
most popular destinations. Admission includes Shuttle Launch Experience,
inspiring tours of NASA's spaceport facilities, daily Astronaut Encounters,
towering rockets, IMAX(R) space films and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of
Fame(R). For more information, call 321-449-4444 or visit
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Kennedy Space Center, Inc.
Mail Code: DNPS
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
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