CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Based at Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX continues to make history with the first commercial crew rotation flight to the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to launch on Sunday Nov. 15 and arrive at the ISS on Monday, Nov. 16 with a crew of four: Commander Michael Hopkins, Pilot Victor Glover, and Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, all of NASA, along with Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center.
In July of 1969, the United States famously sent three astronauts to the moon. The Kennedy Space Center is celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with added events and features that makes this year a very special time to visit Florida’s Space Coast.
The attractions at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are vast, covering the early days of the space program to the working space port still on site. If you want to focus on commemorating the Apollo 11 mission, queue up for a bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which is the only way to visit. Bus tours are included with your admission fee, and the buses depart nearly continuously to accommodate visitors.
The tour takes about 20 minutes to travel to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. En route, you pass noted structures such as the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Complex 39, where Apollo astronauts departed to the moon. Once you arrive at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, you can view the Apollo Treasures Gallery, walk under the Saturn V rocket, see the Moon Rover, and much more.
One of the coolest artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission is actually located on the 2nd floor of the main gift shop--the gantry that the astronauts walked across before beginning the moon landing mission over 50 years ago. You can get up close--visitors can walk across it themselves. And of course, the gift shop does have commemorative merchandise to celebrate the first moon landing.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents a thorough history of America’s space program. The facility is organized into Mission Zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era, from the very beginnings to current partnerships with SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and Boeing Orbital, whose rocket launches can be attended by visitors.
For more information about the Kennedy Space Center, visit them at www.kennedyspacecenter.com.