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Kennedy Space Center Visitor and Area Information
October 2, 2012
 

Q. Where can I find directions or maps to the KSC Visitor Complex?
Q. How long should we plan to stay at the KSC Visitor Complex?
Q. What are the admission prices to the KSC Visitor Complex?
Q. Why is there a charge at the KSC Visitor Complex?
Q. How much does parking cost?
Q. Is the KSC Visitor Complex wheelchair accessible?
Q. Can I tour the KSC Visitor Complex with a large group?
Q. Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
Q. How much do the bus tours cost?
Q. How long are the bus tours?
Q. Will you be open during Christmas? What is your holiday schedule?
Q. Who do I contact for lost and found items at the Visitor Complex?
Q. What is an IMAX film?
Q. Where can we find something to eat?
Q. Where can I order some of the merchandise you sell in your Space Shop?
Q. How do I view the unmanned rocket launches?
Q. How do I request a car pass to view a Shuttle launch?
Q. How can I see a Shuttle landing other than at the Visitor Complex?
Q. What else is there to see in the Kennedy Space Center area?
Q. What hotels/motels are available in the Kennedy Space Center area?
Q. What is the policy for KARS Park?
Q. Does KSC provide transportation to/from Orlando?
Q. Where can I find a listing of Orlando hotels?
Q. Who can I ask about lighthouse viewing requests?
Q. How can I make a complaint about the Visitor Complex?
Q. What is KSC's fishing policy?
Q. Does KSC have a gun club?
Q. What was the original name of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and what are its dimensions?
Q. What is the history of the Kennedy Space Center's name?


Q. Where can I find directions or maps to the KSC Visitor Complex?
A. Please click on the link listed below to get a map and directions.

+ Directions/Map to KSC


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Q. How long should we plan to stay at KSC Visitor Complex?
A. Kennedy Space Complex is a full-day experience, so plan on spending 6-8 hours.


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Q. What are the admission prices to the KSC Visitor Complex?
A. Please click on the link below to access the KSC Visitor Complex Web site for current admission pricing and hours of operation.

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Q. Why is there a charge at the KSC Visitor Complex?
A. The KSC Visitor Complex is not tax supported. It is self-sufficient, funded entirely through visitor revenues, and operated for NASA by Delaware North Park Services of Spaceport (DNPSS) as a commercially viable enterprise that enables the telling of the NASA story without cost to the taxpayer.

In the past, all guests who enjoyed the Visitor Complex facilities and programs did not pay user charges. While costs to operate and maintain the complex have been covered, we could not accumulate a significant amount of money for new developments. The new ticketing structure spreads that cost more fairly among all visitors instead of just those who buy certain tickets.


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Q. How much does parking cost?
A. Rates are as follows: $10.00 per automobile, $10.00 per motorcycle, $15.00 per motor home/RV. Annual pass holders receive complimentary parking with proof of an annual pass.


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Q. Is the KSC Visitor Complex wheelchair accessible?
A. Yes, it is. Many of our tour buses are also outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition, a separate van is available for people who require special assistance. To make a reservation, contact Group Sales at (321) 449-4400. The TDD number is (321) 454-4198.


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Q. Can I tour the KSC Visitor Complex with a large group?
A. Absolutely! Please go to the following Web site for more information.

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Q. Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
A. Yes, wheelchairs and strollers are free.


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Q. How much do the bus tours cost?
A. The bus tours are included with the price of admission.


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Q. How long are the bus tours?
A. The tour runs approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours and takes you to the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Complex. Buses depart every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. The first bus departs at 10 a.m., with continuous departures until 3:45 p.m.


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Q. Will you be open during Christmas? What is your holiday schedule?
A. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open every day except Christmas Day.

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Q. Who do I contact for lost and found items at the Visitor Complex?
A. Please contact Delaware North at (321) 452-2121 and ask for the lost and found department.


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Q. What is an IMAX film?
A. IMAX films are shown on giant screens 5-1/2 stories tall. Currently, there are two exciting IMAX films showing at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information, please click on the link below.

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Q. Where can we find something to eat?
A. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex boasts a full-service, sit-down restaurant, as well as numerous self-service restaurants and specialty food locations with a wide variety of menu options.


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Q. Where can I order some of the merchandise you sell in your Space Shop?
A. Many of the items displayed in the Space Shop are available through an online catalog.

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Q. How do I view the unmanned rocket launches?
A. Currently, NASA does not issue vehicle passes to view unmanned rocket launches. On occasion, Delaware North Parks Services, Inc., a company contracted by NASA, will offer the opportunity to view an unmanned rocket launch if it happens to occur at a time when their scheduled tours of the Kennedy Space Center are in progress. Another option is to view the rocket launches from the Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral waterfront area. These areas provide excellent viewing and can be found at the Web site listed below.


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Q. How do I request a car pass to view a Shuttle launch?
A. Due to recent world events, NASA has suspended the issuance of car passes for Space Shuttle launch viewing from inside of the Kennedy Space Center. Bus tickets to view Space Shuttle launches are available through Delaware North Park Services at the Visitor Complex. Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center may inquire about these tickets by contacting Kennedy's Visitor Complex at (321) 449-4444 or by visiting their Web site, listed below.

+ Launch Viewing passes

Launches are always subject to unanticipated delays and changes. For updated information, please call 1 877-893-NASA (6272) for a Kennedy launch status report. For up-to-date information on the next launch, check out the NASA Launch Schedule link below.

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Q. How can I see a Shuttle landing other than at the Visitor Complex?
A. Another recommended viewing site is from riverfront property along U.S. Hwy 1 in the Titusville area. From this viewing area, you can see the Space Shuttle approach from the northern or southern direction. Also, Titusville riverside, namely State Road 406, is a popular viewing area.


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Q. What else is there to see in the Kennedy Space Center area?

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Q. What hotels/motels are available in the Kennedy Space Center area?

+ Local Hotels/Motels-Cocoa Beach, Fla.
+ Local Hotels/Motels-Titusville, Fla.


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Q. What is the policy for KARS Park?
A. Questions regarding the use of KARS Park as an element of the NASA Employee Exchange is referred to Annette Dittmer, who can be reached at (321) 861-7451. As a general note, KARS Park and its facilities are provided for employees of Kennedy Space Center and membership is required for access.


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Q. Does KSC provide transportation to/from Orlando?
A. Kennedy Space Center does not operate any transportation to/from Orlando to the Visitor Complex. Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) offers several routes within Brevard County. For more information, please see the Web site link below.

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Q. Where can I find a listing of Orlando hotels?

+ Orlando Area Hotels


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Q. Who can I ask about lighthouse viewing requests?
A. The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Deputy Commander, Dr. Sonny Witt, occasionally allows visits to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. You should first contact Eric Brian of the 45th Space Wing at (321) 494-5949 or send an e-mail to Eric.Brian@patrick.af.mil. + Back to Top


Q. How can I make a complaint about the Visitor Complex?
A. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is managed and operated for NASA/KSC by DNC Parks and Resorts at KSC, Inc. under a Concession Agreement. If you need to lodge a complaint, it is recommended that you go to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/KSC/contactUs.asp. If you are not satisfied with the Concessionaire's response, contact KSC-DNC-Comments@mail.nasa.gov.

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Q. What is the Kennedy Space Center's fishing policy?
A. If you are asking about fishing in the "no motor zone" of the Banana River as a portion of the Merritt Island Federal Wildlife Refuge, the refuge manager is responsible for the current fishing policy as governed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The refuge manager is Ron Hight and his number is (321) 861-0667. His e-mail address is Ron_Hight@fws.gov. There is access to the Banana River on the north side of State Road 528 without going through a controlled facility of Kennedy Space Center. There is no entry to that portion of the "no motor zone" to the east of the channel due to Kennedy Security.


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Q. Does Kennedy Space Center have a gun club?
A. For information, please contact the KARS 1 park manager, Pat Maresca, at (321) 867-3891.


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Q. What was the original name of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and what are its dimensions?
A. Today, the VAB is called the Vehicle Assembly Building. When it was first built for use in the Apollo Program, it was called the Vertical Assembly Building.

The VAB is one of the largest buildings by volume in the world; it encloses 129,428,000 cubic feet (3,666,930 cubic meters) of space. It covers 8 acres (3.2 hectares), is 525 feet tall (160 meters), 716 feet long (218 meters); and 518 feet wide (158 meters).

Check out more information on the VAB by clicking on the link below.

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Q. What is the history of the Kennedy Space Center's name?
A. The Launch Operations Directorate, a component of the Marshall Space Flight Center, existed until July 1, 1962, when it was replaced by the Launch Operations Center, a separate NASA field installation. On Nov. 29, 1963, the Launch Operations Center was renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Therefore, the independent NASA launch facility on Merritt Island, Fla., has had two official names:
1) The Launch Operations Center (July 1, 1962 to Nov. 29, 1963)
2) The John F. Kennedy Space Center (Nov. 29, 1963 to the present)

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