THE NEXT BEST THING TO AN ACTUAL SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH-  Strap in for a simulation of the space shuttle’s eight-and-a-half-minute ascent into orbit! Enter the heart of space shuttle operations for a prelaunch briefing by veteran space shuttle commander Charles Bolden. Once on board, experience what veteran NASA astronauts call the next best thing to flying aboard the space shuttle.

Attraction Details
  • include with admission tag Included With Admission
  • lockers icon All personal items must be stowed in a locker before entering
  • Hours icon Allow 30 minutes
  • lockers icon Complimentary lockers are located at the entrance
  • sle icon Visitors must be at least 44" tall
  • page detail Located inside Space Shuttle Atlantis®
  • page detail Accessible for visitors with disabilities
  • page detail Map
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Plan Your Mission
Children interacting with touch panels in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit.


Just as every successful launch requires a pre-launch checklist, so does your visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
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All exhibits are subject to change and tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements or launch preparations.