Press Release

Universe Theater, Presented by Northrop Grumman, Officially Dedicated at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

By SpaceRef Editor
September 11, 2019
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A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to officially re-name the Universe Theater. The new name – Universe Theater, presented by Northrop Grumman – is indicative of the strong partnership between Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is designed to inspire the next generation.

Esteemed speakers at the ceremony included Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Bob Klein, general manager, Northrop Grumman Melbourne Operations; Robert Cabana, director, Kennedy Space Center; and Kent Rominger, vice president, OmegA business operations, Northrop Grumman. 

“Northrop Grumman is committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse and talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students globally,” said Bob Klein, Northrop Grumman. “Our partnership with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex allows us to reach this audience and showcase our commitment to educating the next generation.”

Universe Theater, presented by Northrop Grumman, brings guests on an immersive and exciting adventure, traveling back through time 13.4 billion years to search for the origins of life through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Eyes on the Universe, a live presentation, showcases the farthest reaches of the universe via 3D 4K resolution images from deep space, courtesy of the HST. Guests will also get a peek at the future with a look at NASA’s James Webb Telescope, currently under development by Northrop Grumman.

“We are grateful to Northrop Grumman for continuing to support the visitor complex to help us advance our mission of education and inspiration,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “Northrop Grumman has played a significant role in the history of the U.S. space program and continues to be at the forefront of space technology and in inspiring the next generation of leaders and visionaries.  It is entirely fitting to have the Northrop Grumman name together with the Universe Theater, within which our guests experience the wonder of space exploration and innovation.”

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C41SR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.  Please visit and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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, inspiration and educational activities. This includes the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which features an actual Saturn V Moon rocket, and was recently upgraded and expanded in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and Moon landing. Also included with admission are Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, and the Rocket Garden. Add-on experiences available for an additional fee include the new Astronaut Training Experience® Exploring with Lockheed Martin, Cosmic Quest, Dine With an Astronaut and special interest bus tours. 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 $57 + tax for adults and $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $82 + tax for adults and $67 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit

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SpaceRef staff editor.