“drive by space shuttle launch pads”
Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to get a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on the Kennedy Space Center Tour (KSC Tour). Take a NASA bus for a drive-by view of the space shuttle launch pad and then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch site and marvel at a massive 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The KSC Bus Tour is included with admission and departs every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. The tour is self-guided, allowing guests to depart the bus and spend as much time as desired at each location. LC 39 Observation Gantry is included in the General Bus Tour. Date and times are subject to change. Now available on Friday and Saturday: The KSC Bus Tour includes LC 39 Observation Gantry viewing. Tour Length: 1.5 - 2.5 hours Kennedy Space Center guided tours are also available for those with special interests - and allow you to take an up close look at specific aspects of Kennedy Space Center. Guided tours are led by trained space experts and sell out daily. Reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve online or call 866.737.5235. Travel nearly a quarter mile on this bus tour within the perimeter security fence of Launch Pad 39-A. Enjoy a close view of the 350-foot-high fixed service structure, rotating service structure, propellant storage containers, water tanks, flame trench and other aspects of the launch pad complex. This was the lift-off point for most space shuttle missions and Apollo moon missions. The highlight of the tour is the stop in the flame trench which offers the photo opportunity of a lifetime at the pad. This is the first time anyone other than astronauts and NASA employees have been allowed inside the Pad perimeter. Other sites on the tour include drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B, the Vehicle Assembly Building, mobile launch platforms with a stop at the Apollo Saturn V Center. There are also other specialized bus tours so visit here for more options: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/tours/ksc-up-close-launch-pad-tour.aspx
The KSC tour departs every 15 minutes. It's self-guided, so you can hop on and off the bus as you like. For an additional fee they also have a guided tour. The KSC is a working facility so it's pretty cool to visit and get a first-hand look at the amazing things going on there.
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Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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