Thanks to Astronauts Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, Bob and Doug, America is once-again captivated with Space Exploration. So how can you take one of several NASA Tours, at either on Kennedy Space Center Tours or Cape Canaveral Tours or Houston Space Center Tours? I’ve got all the details!
On Tuesday, June 30th at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the Space Force’s GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX astronauts Bob and Doug were aboard.
SpaceX made history with a successful space launch, and Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the first people to make the trip with the private spaceflight company, launched in partnership with NASA.
Needles to say, this exciting event has lots of people across America wanting to go on a NASA Tour.
Kennedy Space Center Tours
Just a few clarifications. The area has two active launch facilities: Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (on the cape itself). The area is also known as Florida’s Space Coast.
It’s astonishing how many NASA Tours and Exhibits you can enjoy at the Kennedy Space Center. From astronaut training simulations, to a guided tour through “Rocket Garden” there’s so many Kennedy Space Center Tours, you should absolutely plan to be there all day. There are some experiences that are not currently available, like many of those at Cape Canaveral, so it’s best to check their website for all the latest information.
There’s also an App you can download prior to your visit that might help you plan in advance how to spend your time.
Know Before You Go:
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open, and is located about 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida.
- During the reopened main visitor complex phase, new measures and procedures will be implemented as part of the Trusted Space program for guests health and safety.
- This includes encouraging advanced daily admission purchases online
- Requiring all guests to wear face coverings
- Requiring guests and employees to undergo temperature screenings prior to entry.
- Many tours require a Government Issued ID, so a Driver’s License or a Passport.
Visiting Kennedy Space Center is a great add-on if you plan to visit Disney World in Orlando!
Houston Space Center Tours
Space Center Houston is owned and operated by the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation offering extensive science education programs and a space museum. Space Center Houston is a leading science and space exploration learning center. Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas.
Many exhibit are open, but some are closed, so be sure and check their web site!
Guests will be among the first to experience their newest permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, displayed outside the center. Guests can walk around and underneath the first-stage booster spanning more than 156 feet long. It is the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters and is the same type of rocket that launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30 for the Demo-2 mission, marking the first time since 2011 that astronauts have launched from American soil.
Guests can also take a tour of the spacious Independence Plaza exhibit, the only place you can walk inside a shuttle replica mounted on top of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft the NASA 905.
Know Before You Go:
- New timed admission tickets for staggered entry to the museum. All guests, including members, must have a timed admission ticket. While children under three years old receive free admission, they still need a timed admission ticket. Guests can select tickets for every hour from when the center opens until 2 p.m.
- A NASA Tram Tour virtual boarding pass will allow guests to choose a boarding time via their free mobile app.
- Required face coverings for guests ages two and older, as well as crew members. In the event you are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition, they ask that you visit Space Center Houston when face coverings are no longer recommended by the CDC.
- A new concierge tent of crew members ready to support guest entry.
- Special hours for vulnerable populations from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays.
- Waived parking fee for a limited time.
There’s never been a more exciting time to learn about these SpaceX Astronauts and the History of American Space Travel!
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