Take a tour to learn how astronauts go from the ground to the stars in a matter of minutes. For those really curious to know what it’s like to leave earth, The Launch Experience simulates a space shuttle liftoff. The space center continues to provide a calendar of upcoming launches so people from near and far can see rockets take flight.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis℠ Exhibit
Your journey begins in the Atlantis theater where the Space Center brings to life the story of the people who dared to do the impossible. Gaze in wonder at a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis, displayed in mid-flight glory. With more than 60 interactive exhibits, it’s a moving celebration of humankind’s greatest achievements.
Shuttle Launch Experience®
Shuttle Launch Experience immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a Space Shuttle launch, an incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard a Space Shuttle. Guest crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind custom-designed crew cabin.
You’re invited to meet a veteran NASA astronaut at the live Astronaut Encounter show. Offered multiple times daily, this exciting presentation features an astronaut every day with more than 30 of the approximately 500 hundred men and women who have flown in space scheduled throughout the year.
Two incredible, five-story 3D presentations tell stories certain to inspire. One explores the breathtaking images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, and the other details projects that NASA is currently working on, like sending astronauts to Mars.