Cape Canaveral (John F. Kennedy Space Center)Approx. Time: 5 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Just 45 minutes from popular Orlando attractions and theme parks is NASA’s launch headquarters – the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an Astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch. At Johnson Space Center the sky is not the limit but just the beginning!

America's gateway to the universe is a working government facility where over 10,000 men and women daily push the limits of scientific knowledge. But it's also a remarkable place for visitors to explore and make their own discoveries. Celebrating the past, present and future of mankind's accomplishments, Kennedy Space Center encompasses the human spirit for discovery!

Launch Programs
Kennedy Space Center is America's busiest launch and landing facility. Here you can witness the entire process, from the extensive preparation work, to an earth-shaking launch, to a breathtaking landing. There are three orbiters in the NASA Space Shuttle fleet - Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.

Countless communication and surveillance satellites have been launched from Kennedy Space Center as well. These unmanned launches aboard Atlas, Delta and Titan rockets are a monthly occurrence. In the summer of 2003, NASA again made a giant leap for mankind by launching a rover to the planet Mars.

NASA Programs
Within every building and around every corner at Kennedy Space Center, there is a story to tell about the days of early space exploration. The Mercury Program saw the selection of America's first Astronauts, as well as the first manned spacecraft to orbit Earth. During Project Gemini, Astronauts walked and worked in space. And the legendary Apollo Program eventually put 12 Americans on the moon. Currently, Space Shuttles are transporting pieces of the International Space Station to be assembled 200 miles above earth.

Legendary Figures
More than a few names have walked through the halls of NASA and into the pages of history. Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon. And Jim Lovell, the legendary captain of Astronaut Apollo 13. At the Astronaut Hall of Fame, vistors can delve into the lives of these great explorers, and many others.