It wasn’t until President John F. Kennedy, JR promised that we would send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s that the space race really began to heat up. Sure, we had been testing different rocket propulsion systems, tools, and technologies that would hopefully get us into space, but it was with this bold and very specific deadline that we were pushed to work as hard as we could to put men into space and return them safely. While he was not able to see his dream completed in his lifetime, it is only through the sheer willpower and dedication, as well as no shortage of incredible vision, that we were able to put men on the moon and continue to launch manned space missions to this day.
Established in 1962, the John F. Kennedy Space Center has been the only launch site that the United States has ever used to put men into space since 1968. And while the space shuttle program has been grounded for now, there are already new plans for rocket design systems to put people back on the moon as well as the surface of Mars and beyond. All of these launches are likely to take place from the three launch pads at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a tract of land that abuts the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Florida, and just a single hour away from downtown Orlando, not only were tourist able to watch the shuttles launch from the earth into space, but they were also able to enjoy the amenities offered at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Museum. Filled with all kinds of space memorabilia from different launches and eras of our adventures into the final frontier, if you have even the slightest interest in what lies just outside our giant blue marble and out into the everlasting expanses of space, you will find many of your answers inside the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
While it will be some time until you’re able to watch manned flights leave the deck and spin into Earth, we are gearing up a new rocket technology that will bring our astronauts two different planets and locations in our solar system and beyond in the immediate future. And all of them will leave from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
|Hours:||Open daily from 9 am - 5 pm|
|Address/Map:||SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899|
|Website:||Kennedy Space Center|
|Adult||Child (ages 3-11)|
|Commander's Club (Annual)||$63||$53|
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