Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Offers Best Public Viewing of Atlas V Rocket Launch on July 19

Guests at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral, Florida, can experience the amazing sights and sounds of the launch of a 191-foot-tall Atlas V rocket as it lifts off on Friday, July 19. Visitors may view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or a special area at the Visitor Complex. The rocket will blast off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a launch window from 8:51 to 9:35 a.m. ET.

A limited number of Apollo/Saturn V Center launch viewing tickets are available for $20 plus tax, in addition to admission. The Visitor Complex hours for July 19 are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Buses to the Apollo/Saturn V Center will begin boarding at 7:30 a.m. and guests should arrive before 8 a.m. to ensure transportation. Live launch commentary and a beverage station will be available at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

At the Visitor Complex, special launch viewing areas for guests and live launch commentary are included in admission.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide narrowband tactical communications designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

Launch date and time are subject to change.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 and visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11.  For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit http://www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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