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Walt Disney World, Orlando theme parks open for business after Hurricane Matthew

Update: Orlando International Airport and Stanford Airport are both open with departing and arriving flights. Call your airline for your flight details.  Every central Florida attraction, with the exception of Kennedy Space Center, is expected to re-open today. The Disney parks, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and Universal… Read More »Walt Disney World, Orlando theme parks open for business after Hurricane Matthew

Fun things to do on Florida’s Space Coast

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Tuckaway Shores Resort. Although there was compensation for this post, all opinions are my own. We live in Central Florida within driving distance of what we locals call the Attractions area. It’s easy to forget that… Read More »Fun things to do on Florida’s Space Coast

New Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Please welcome back guest author Jessica Floria:

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Words cannot describe the feelings that encompass you when experiencing the new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center for the first time, or even the second or third time. More than 10 companies were responsible for bringing this exhibit to life. From construction of the building, moving the shuttle in and tilting it to the right angle to the cinematic pre-shows, simulators and overall lighting and sound of the building these companies worked closely together for more than a year to perfect their one common goal; presenting the story of Atlantis and displaying it with the honor it deserves. When asked what each company was most proud of, representatives of the companies did not state their role in the exhibit. Instead each glowed and gestured towards Atlantis.

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Guest begin their experience by walking underneath a full scale, 184 foot tall, replica of the shuttle’s external tank and two solid rocket boosters. Once inside the building guests are taken into the pre-show area for two cinematic and multimedia productions that show the journey of Atlantis, from a paper shuttle to the extraordinary orbiter it became. After the two shows, Atlantis looms before you in all of its beauty and wonder. Suspended in air at a 43.21 degree angle with its payload bay doors open and its Canadarm out ready to work, guests get views of the shuttle only seen before in space. Read More »New Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

KSC Tour Now Has Rare Access to Nasa’s Historic Launch Control Center

For the first time in over 30 years, NASA is permitting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests to tour the Launch Control Center – where NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs. Anyone who has ever dreamed of being an astronaut or felt hope upon seeing a rocket launch should add this unique opportunity to their schedule when visiting Central Florida.

The KSC Up-Close: Launch Control Center (LCC) Tour, the second in Kennedy Space Center’s special 50th anniversary series of rare-access tours, takes visitors inside Firing Room 4, one of the LCC’s four firing rooms and the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled.

Giant Mural inside LCC Lobby

Inside Firing Room 4, visitors pass by the computer consoles at which engineers monitored the computerized launch control system’s thousands of system checks every minute leading up to launch. They’ll see the main launch countdown clock and many large video monitors on the walls, and enter the “bubble room,” with its wall of interior windows through which the Kennedy Space Center management team viewed all of the proceedings below.

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