'Shuttle Launch Experience' Now Open at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

May 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    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
 Telephone:  321-449-4318

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