Press Release

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Resumes KSC Tours with Stop at Apollo/Saturn V Center

By SpaceRef Editor
September 17, 2001
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Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex is pleased to announce that effective Tuesday, September 18,
it will once again resume bus tours into NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The main
areas of the Visitor Complex reopened to the public on Sunday, September 16,
2001 at 9 a.m. after closing shortly around 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11,

The KSC Tour will run from the Visitor Complex, past the Vehicle Assembly
Building where space shuttles are stacked for launch, and directly to the
critically acclaimed Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately three miles from
the space shuttle launch pads. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is home to one of
only three existing Saturn V rockets, which NASA developed to send Americans
to the moon. It is also home to the Firing Room Theater, at which visitors
relive the launch of Apollo 8 from the “firing room” or mission control, and
the Lunar Theater, which provides a front row seat to man’s first steps on the

Other Visitor Complex programs and exhibits include the new Dine with an
Astronaut program, the new Mad Mission to Mars: 2025 show, the live Astronaut
Encounter program, IMAX® space films, Early Space Exploration, Exploration
in the New Millennium, Robot Scouts and Shuttle Plaza.

On September 17, Astronaut Encounter and Dine with an Astronaut programs
will be hosted by Astronaut Jean-Loup Chretein
(Soyuz T-6, Soyuz TM-7,
STS-86). From September 18-22, six-time mission specialist Dr. Story Musgrave
(STS-6, STS-51-F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80) will host these daily
interactive guest programs.

“In light of recent events, it’s great to get back to operations here at
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,” said Rick Abramson, president and COO
of Delaware North Parks Services of Spaceport, operators of the Visitor
Complex for NASA. “We have a great story to tell here-the story of America’s
space program-and we look forward to telling that story to tens of thousands
of guests in the coming weeks.”

All visitors must access Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex via State
Road 405 (Titusville). Visitors will not be permitted through the KSC gate at
State Road 3 (Merritt Island).

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of
Orlando, Florida and is open from 9 a.m. to approximately dusk. Admission is
$25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-11. For more information, call
(321) 449-4444 or log onto

SpaceRef staff editor.