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Bill Nye the Science Guy to visit Kennedy Space Center for Juno launch

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On Aug. 5, between 11:34 a.m. and 12:43 p.m., the Juno spacecraft will be launching toward Jupiter aboard an Atlas V rocket, and Bill Nye the Science Guy is in town to help send it off.

Juno should reach Jupiter, which is 445 million miles away, in July of 2016. The spacecraft is set to orbit the planet 33 times over the course of about a year, mapping its gravitational and magnetic fields. To mark the occasion, Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex will be opening at 7 a.m. and offering prime seating to the first 2,000 guests.

Bill Nye, executive director of the Planetary Society, will be giving a presentation to guests on Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the IMAX Theater, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In addition, a NASA-LEGO “Build the Future” event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4, as well as 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 5, after the launch. The event will be held in the IMAX Theater Hubble Gallery.

Aug. 4

  • All exhibits, programs and attractions, including the KSC Tour
  • Special History of Science and Juno Exhibits
  • LEGO “Build the Future” Activities
  • Bill Nye Presentation (seating is limited!)

Aug. 5

  • All exhibits, programs and attractions
  • Special History of Science and Juno Exhibits
  • LEGO “Build the Future” Activities
  • Juno Rocket Launch

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