Blast off into deep space at Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced a new attraction, which is slated to open in March 2022.
Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex will focus on the present and future of space exploration, allowing guests to experience future interstellar travel while celebrating what is current within the space program.
It will feature a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a ‘journey’ through space, unique launch viewing opportunities and more.
The 50,000-square-feet, multi-level attraction, currently under construction will offer experiences, artefacts and exhibits.
Featuring a comprehensive collection of modern-day spacecraft, Gateway will offer the opportunity to explore the future of space travel in a new way through immersive education, effects and a 4D motion theatre.
Upon entering Gateway on the first level, ‘space travelers’ will be greeted with a futuristic design intended to set the stage for their journey. Displayed like massive space sculptures in an outdoor garden, visitors will be surrounded by actual space flown artifacts and full-scale models, placed around the floor and suspended from above to allow 360-degree viewing.
They include a Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew vehicle, Orion crew vehicle from EFT-1 Mission and SpaceX Falcon 9 booster.
Visitors can learn about almost 40 different satellites and probes in space via a 30-feet, floor-to-ceiling Robotic Trail Blazers Wall with interactive, touchscreen displays.
Additionally, guests will be transported into the future of space travel at Spaceport KSC, the first and only airport of the future.
Guests will then board their ‘spaceship’ in the form of a two-story, 4D flying theater for one of four journeys: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet or Uncharted Worlds.
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