Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center Complex provides an exhilarating experience of the U.S. space program and the engineering that makes it happen. See the Mercury Mission Control Room from which the U.S.'s first 8 manned missions were monitored. Walk through full-scale mock-ups of space station modules and visit the viewing gallery, where you can see engineers readying actual space station components. A 2-hour bus tour includes the launch complex where a 60-foot observation gantry tower provides views of the space shuttle launch pads. Let "Starquester 2000," a cousin of the Mars Pathfinder, lead you through an exhibit of NASA's robotic space explorers.
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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Fun Fact:The Kennedy Space Center occupies more than 140,000 acres, equal to about one-fifth the size of the state of Rhode Island. About 6,000 acres are devoted to space center operations. The rest is a wildlife sanctuary.