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[b]NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Set to Unveil 'Shuttle Launch Experience,' Capturing Mankind's Greatest Adventure[/b]
[i]Countdown Begins: Unprecedented $60 Million Orlando Experience Blasts Off May 25, 2007[/i]
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced the opening of Shuttle Launch Experience, slated for May 25, 2007. This authentic $60 million launch simulation will take visitors on their own journey with the sights, sounds and sensations of the space shuttle's voyage to Earth's orbit. Designed in consultation with NASA and space shuttle astronauts, this unprecedented experience inspires visitors' spirit of adventure and exploration of our final frontier.
Shuttle Launch Experience will take visitors from around the world through the sensations of blasting into Earth's orbit from the birthplace of U.S. space exploration — Kennedy Space Center. A team of astronauts, NASA experts and renowned attraction designers conceived this authentic ride experience, deploying sophisticated motion-based platforms, special effects seats and high fidelity visual and audio presentations.
"Shuttle Launch Experience will forge a lasting impression for everyone, especially those who have ever imagined the adventure of space travel," said Daniel LeBlanc, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Not only will guests experience the thrill of launching into space, they will marvel at the view of Earth from space, through state-of-the art technology.
Three years in the making, Shuttle Launch Experience combines the perspective of detailed astronaut experiences with the expertise of premiere ride engineers to produce a ride that rivals leading theme parks around the world. Nearing completion, the attraction's technical highlights include authentic simulation of the space shuttle's launch into orbit, custom-designed motion platforms with unprecedented vertical range, high-definition audiovisual effects, and advanced seating effects to maximize the reality of the experience.
The journey begins as visitors enter the Shuttle Launch Simulation Facility, architecturally inspired by space shuttle facilities at Kennedy Space Center. As visitors rise along the gantry, astronaut testimonials set the stage for what is to come. Visitors enter the heart of shuttle operations for the pre-launch briefing, guided by veteran Shuttle Commander Charlie Bolden. He leads the process, going step-by-step through the launch sequence soon to be witnessed first hand. Passengers enter the crew pod in the shuttle's cargo bay and strap in for launch. For the next five minutes, the pod's 44 passengers feel, see and live the trip to 17,500 mph. What follows, as the shuttle bay doors open, is a breathtaking view of Earth seldom seen in the first person.
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