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For Family Fun, Space Is The Place

Orlando, Florida (NAPSI) - There’s good news for those looking for a vacation  destination built around family fun, a touch of education and one-of-a-kind  attractions.

Just east of Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center  Visitor Complex is the only place on Earth where a family can tour launch  areas, meet a real astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight  simulators and view a rocket launch. Now it’s also the place to stand  within an arm’s length of one of the most complex machines ever built  by mankind, Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Atlantis Comes Home

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recently opened the new Space Shuttle   AtlantisSM exhibit, which gives visitors a chance  to get nose-to-nose with the final shuttle orbiter to fly a NASA mission,  Atlantis. The six-story, $100 million exhibit features state-of-the-art  multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and  simulators, along with an awe-inspiring, 360-degree view of Atlantis,  elevated 30 feet off the ground and rotated at an angle with its payload bay doors  open and its robotic arm extended.

“As the home of human spaceflight, KennedySpace    Center launched and  processed all 135 space shuttle missions from 1981 to 2011—including  Space Shuttle Atlantis’ 33 missions—so having the orbiter here  makes a lot of sense,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of  Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We’re thrilled to  celebrate the opening of the new home of this iconic symbol of mankind’s  ongoing exploration of space.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to use interactive, touch-screen  experiences and high-tech simulators to “be the astronaut”—bringing  the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle  Program, the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station to  life.

Guests can also participate in the Shuttle Launch Experience, which  simulates vertically launching into space aboard a space shuttle while being  immersed in the sights, sounds and feelings of a real shuttle launch.

Celebrating Past and Future  Spaceflight

While Atlantis is the centerpiece, the new attraction also shines the  spotlight on the astounding achievements made over the course of the 30-year  Space Shuttle Program and honors the thousands of people who made it a  success. The new exhibit also outlines how the shuttle program paved the way  for NASA’s future manned spaceflight programs.

For more information, visit  or call 877-313-2610.