Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral offers many things to do near Orlando, FL. Perfect for family vacations, you can encounter extraordinary adventures including, standing under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space, getting vertical on your own space shuttle launch experience, embarking on incredible tours & meeting an astronaut!
Shuttle Launch Experience* - Experience the journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle. Guest "crew members" strap in for this all-too-real simulation, which immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a space shuttle launch, designed under the guidance of NASA and space shuttle astronauts.
Astronaut Encounter - Come face-to-face with one of more than 500 people who have experienced space travel and hear first-hand what it's like to live in space! Hear an inspiring presentation and ask questions of a NASA astronaut during the program held daily.
Established in 1962 On May 24, 1962, aboard a Mercury-Atlas rocket in the Aurora 7 capsule, Scott Carpenter successfully replicated John Glenn's space flight. Carpenter was able to orbit Earth three times and land in the Atlantic Ocean just as Glenn did. Carpenter's flight confirmed the capabilities of the spacecraft and encouraged possibilities of future space exploration.
Two months later, on July 1, 1962, the space center was officially acknowledged as an operating spaceflight center under the name Launch Operations Center. The name was later changed to John F. Kennedy Space Center in honor of the president and his vision of Americans visiting the moon.
For fifty years, John F. Kennedy Space Center has been the gateway to space. From carrying astronauts into space aboard rockets and space shuttles, launching space exploration devices and constructing the International Space Station, to building the vision and the future, the journey to space begins and ends with Kennedy Space Center.