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Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex coming to Kennedy Space Center in 2022

by Niamh Larkin

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s newest attraction, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, is getting ready to take guests on their own space journey of the future beginning March 21, 2022.

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Images courtesy of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex will take astronauts of all ages up close and personal with used and replica spacecraft and onto their own simulated space journey.

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Photo by Niamh Larkin

Inside the Gateway building and suspended in the air is a used SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Complete with burn marks, the booster supported two Falcon missions before moving into the new attraction building.

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Once the attraction is open, guests will be able to get up close and personal with the Falcon 9 booster from all angles, as well as a space-flown Orion Crew vehicle and scale models of the NASA Space Launch System and ULA Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy.

On the second floor of Gateway will be a presentation station where you can learn all about the James Webb Telescope, which will head into space this December.

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The new building sits just beyond the Rocket Garden and houses the airport of the future, entitled “Spaceport KSC.” Guests will embark on their own space journey of the present and future in a two-story, 4-D flying theatre.

With four different journeys to experience, guests will be able to board their spaceship and get a glimpse of what the future of space travel and launch day can be like. These experiences include “Cosmic Wonders,” “Daring Explorers,” “Red Planet,” and “Uncharted Worlds.”

The attraction is accessible for those who are able to transfer out of their wheelchairs; for those who may be sensitive to loud noises, sights or nervous with motion, there is an Observation Deck where they can enjoy the experience.

On top of the Gateway building, there is also an area that features launch views, which will be open for specially-booked private events.

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Gateway will also include a full production kitchen featuring a variety of dishes, from açaí bowls to noodles and rice, for guests to enjoy.

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex is included with admission tickets and is expected to open on March 21, 2022. For more information about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and its other offerings, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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