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Apollo/Saturn V Center is reopening at Kennedy Space Center

by Attractions Magazine Staff

Following a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be delivering guests “back to the moon” via the Apollo/Saturn V Center beginning in late March, with the exact date to be announced soon.

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Apollo/Saturn V Center
Photos courtesy of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The interactive exhibit explores the wonder of the Apollo Program from the days leading up to the first launch to the moon landings that followed. Guests will be greeted at the Apollo/Saturn V Center by a recently renovated “sense of arrival” designed to set a new tone for the experience. Other recent enhancements include Moon Scape, with an interactive design that teaches visitors about the importance of the moon landing and ways they can support future space exploration; and newspapers from around the world that represent the global impact of the first steps on the moon.

The Apollo/Saturn V Center also features augmented reality stations where guests can recreate the first steps on the moon; a photo-op where they can pose in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps; and the chance to hear from veteran astronauts Al Worden, Charlie Duke, Harrison Schmitt, and Jim Lovell via life-sized, virtual holograms.

The Apollo/Saturn V Center’s focal point is the Saturn V moon rocket, one of only three remaining in the United States. New projection mapping on the rocket’s side shows the iconic footage of the moon landing.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Saturn V rocket

Health and safety are the highest priorities for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the bus ride to the Apollo/Saturn V Center is no exception. Passengers will be required to wear face coverings, and seating and capacity will be managed to maintain proper social distancing. In addition, departures will be timed to minimize crowding, and buses will be sanitized before the start of each day, after arrival at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and following return to the visitor complex bus queue to ensure a worry-free travel experience.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Apollo firing room theatre

The visitor complex will continue to operate with reduced hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and at a limited capacity; however, all main visitor complex attractions are available to guests, including the IMAX theatre, pre-shows for Space Shuttle Atlantis and Heroes & Legends, and the Shuttle Launch Experience as well as expanded dining options at limited capacity.

An add-on, space expert-led walking tour through Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, Nature and Technology, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and Astronaut Training Experience is also available for small groups on Thursdays through Sundays for an additional fee of $20. Click here to make a reservation.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Heroes and Legends

Following CDC recommendations, the visitor complex will limit attendance and encourage advance admission purchases; require face coverings and temperature screening; accommodate social distancing in queues, restaurants, show viewing areas, and other facilities throughout the complex; and implement increased sanitization and disinfection. Click here for details.

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