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Space Shuttle Launch Information

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This page is updated regularly to reflect the current shuttle launch schedule and general information about launches from the Kennedy Space Center.  Be sure to check back often or follow us on Twitter as new developments are released.  With limited launches remaining, please be sure to follow us on Twitter for launch ticket release information.  For the most up-to-the-minute information about shuttle launches, tickets, and dates please follow us @kennedysc.  If you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact our staff of travel experts.


2013 Launch Dates and Information

Space Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas
September 6-12

Veteran NASA astronaut Don Thomas has flown four space shuttle flights as a mission specialist.  Don't miss his presentation on his time in space!  Daily Astronaut Encounters or Lunch With An Astronaut offer guests an up-close astronaut experience.

Meet an Astronaut - Susan Kilrain
September 13-15

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Jim Reilly
September 16-22

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Rocket Launch: Atlas V - CLIO
September 16

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the CLIO mission on a commercial flight for a US government customer.

SpaceX Rocket Launch - Falcon 9 - SpaceX-4
no earlier than September 19, TBD

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launces the fourth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.

Meet an Astronaut - Bob Springer
September 23-26

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Sam Durrance
September 27-28

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Bob Springer
September 29- October 3

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Winston Scott
October 4-5

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Orion and EFT-1 Presentation by Lockheed Martin
October 3 and 10

Lockheed Martin employees working on the Orion spacecraft take the stage in Exploration Space.  Explorers wanted every Friday through November 2014.  Hear frmo the developers of Orion about the capsule's role in future space exploration and the Exploration Flight Test-1 launch, set for December.

Meet an Astronaut - Roger Crouch
October 6-10

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - John Blaha
October 11-15

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Rick Searfross
October 16-22

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Fred Gregory
October 26-31

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Rocket Launch - Atlas V - Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-8
October 29

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - John Bartoe
November 1-7

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

30 Days of Giving
November 1-30

Share the spirit of the holidays by giving to those in need during 30 Days of Giving at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 

Orion and EFT-1 Presentation by Lockheed Martin
November 7 & 10

Lockheed Martin employees working on the Orion spacecraft take the stage in Exploration Space.  Explorers wanted every Friday through November 2014.  Hear from the developers of Orion about the capsule's role in future space exploration and the Exploration Flight Test-1 launch, set for December.

Meet an Astronaut - Winston Scott
November 8-9

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show
November 8-9

Experience teh Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show (AAMS) at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and meet, mingle and dine with more than 30 veteran NASA astronauts.

Meet an Astronaut - John Bartoe
November 16-21

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Orion and EFT-1 Presentation by Lockheed Martin
November 21

Lockheed Martin employees working on the Orion spacecraft take the stage in Exploration Space.  Explorers wanted every Friday through November 2014. Hear from the developers of Orion about the capsule's role in future exploration and the Exploration Flight Test-1 Launch, set for December.

Meet an Astronaut - Ken Cameron
November 22-27

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Jim Reilly
November 28 - December 3

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Holidays in Space

The Visitor Complex is adorned with a stunning array of holiday decorations.  The International Space Station Mural is swathed in holiday candlelight.  Wreaths, garlands, lights, eibbons and bows throughout the Visitor Complex add to the holiday festival atmosphere.  Included with admission.

SpaceX Rocket Launch - Falcon 9 - SpaceX-5
December TBD

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launces on an operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.

Meet an Astronaut - Jon McBride
December 4-6

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Rocket Launch - Delta IV Heavy - Orion EFT-1
no earlier than December 4, TBD

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle on Exploration Flight Test-1.

SpaceX Rocket Launch - Falcon 9 - SpaceX 6
December 5

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches on an operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station

Meet an Astronaut - J.O. Creighton
December 7-12

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Space Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas
December 13-19

Veteran NASA astronaut Don Thomas has flown four space shuttle flights as a mission specialist.  Don't miss his presentation on his time in space!  Daily Astonaut Encounters or Lunch with an Astronaut offer guests an up-close astronaut experience.

Meet an Astronaut - Jon McBride
December 20-24

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Meet an Astronaut - Sam Gemar
December 25 - January 2

Come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut every day of the year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This interactive Q&A-oriented program aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence while learning about the various adventures of highly skilled space explorers.

Rocket Launch - Atlas V - MUOS 3
January TBD

Experience the memorable sights and sounds of the powerful roaring engines of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as it launches the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) for the US Navy.

 

 
 
 
 
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