Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to give guests view of Juno launch

August 4, 2011, 2:01 am

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will provide an upclose view of Friday’s Juno rocket launch to 2,000 guests. NASA is scheduled to launch the solar-powered spacecraft aboard the Atlas V 551 rocket between 11:34 a.m. and 12:43 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. The first 2,000 folks to arrive at the visitor complex will be invited to view this launch from the closest public viewing area, the Apollo/Saturn V Center. There will also be viewing opportunities from the complex’s Shuttle Plaza. Both will be included in regular admission to the attraction.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online, but it will be the first 2,000 guests who enter the gates who are taken to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The visitor complex will open at 7 a.m. on Friday. Guest tickets are valid for a second day of admission but must be used with seven days of first use.  The Juno spacecraft will begin its 445-million mile trip to Jupiter to observe its gravity, magnetic fields and atmosphere. It is scheduled to be in Jupiter’s atmosphere in July 2016. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center has additional launch-related activities planned, including a webcast with Juno mission scientists on Thursday, A Lego Build the Future play area (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday); and appearances by Bill Nye (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”) at 11a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.

Admission is $43 general, $33 for ages 3-11. Call 866-737-5235 for any information


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