to see and do at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Museum
at the Kennedy Space Center.
have all imagined what it might be like to go into space,
to land on Mars, to be an astronaut. Now at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida you and your
family can live it.
about science and space is important, but experiencing the
trials and actively participating in simulations of life
on another planet gives education a whole new perspective.
There are two parts to the new program, the Astronaut
Training Experience (ATX) and Mars Base 1. These both are
pretty much all-day events, though there are shorter
options available should you prefer. Keep that in mind
because you will want to give yourself plenty of time for
each, and time to explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Training Experience (ATX)
virtual reality Walk-on-Mars, Land-and-Drive-on-Mars
full-motion simulator, Launch Mission and Spacewalk
Training are all part of the ATX. This experience is hands
on and high tech. If you or your children already love
science and have a fascination with space, this will bring
that passion to life. Prepare for your mission to Mars by
training like a real NASA astronaut headed to space. Once
you have been through ATX, Kennedy Space Center has taken
it one step further with Mars Base 1. Ever wanted to take
a space walk? How about a zero-gravity experience, where
you fix space equipment like a real astronaut would? You
and your team are strapped into special seats just like
the real thing and you are handed tools to maintain the
equipment you need to function day to day in space, using
NASA techniques to solve problems. Navigate Mars terrain
to deliver needed goods in your own space rover be
careful, it can get very bumpy. Don't worry, you receive
training so your skills are up to par before you are sent
on these harrowing missions.
can do any of these as "mini missions" if you
don't have time to do them all at once in a five-hour
spurt. Each stage takes about 30-45 minutes.
in mind that this program takes about five hours and does
not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
could be cooler than a day actually spent on Mars? Not an
hour or a walk through a display, but a real day working
and surviving on the planets surface doing real
science? If like me your answer is that nothing could be
cooler than this, then there is no other place to be.
Become a "rookie astronaut" participating in
simulations and scientific research to grow and analyze
crops in the Mars Botany Lab, or use robots to accomplish
tasks. Yes, you actually take part in these activities,
and grow real food that is really used and consumed.
keep in mind that this program takes about five hours and
does not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center
is so much to do and learn that goes beyond what we
imagine. Having the real life science and innovation at
your finger tips melds what we learn in books with what we
actually put our hands on. Both the Astronaut Training
Experience (ATX) and Mars Base 1 offer the magic of space
travel without leaving the ground. Plan your visit, first
stop Florida, final destination the Red Planet, Mars.
will really want to save some time to visit Kennedy Space
Center as well, it's quite an experience on it's own. At
least a full day, more if you want to see and take part in
everything the attraction has to offer. There are endless
museums, theaters, an IMAX, shows, hands-on
demonstrations, items belonging to astronauts, satellites
and ships that have been in space, and of course, there
are opportunities to meet astronauts themselves. And of
course, there is an app for that. Should you want, the
Kennedy Space Center Official Guide App is available for
free in both the App Store and Google Play. Fun.
all the details on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex's website, Kennedyspacecenter.com, or on social
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