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Robert Pearlman

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posted 02-20-2014 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beginning Feb. 24, 2014 and taking the place of the former KSC Up-Close Mega Tour (ending Feb. 23), the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced the new KSC Up-Close Explore Tour.
KSC Up-Close Explore Tour

Experience the space program's past and future on the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour, where visitors get an insider's view of Kennedy Space Center's role in space exploration.

Led by a trained space expert, the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes views of launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are awarded a panoramic view of rocket launch sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Along the way, visitors see other space program icons including the countdown clock at NASA's Press Site, a mobile launcher used to move Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad, and the Operations and Checkout building, the departure point for astronauts traveling to the launch pad on the day of their mission.

All of this, as well as Kennedy Space Center's amazing ecosystem full of wildlife, make the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour the perfect way to experience the history and exciting future of space exploration.

This bus tour concludes at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Tour Length: 2 hours

KSC Up-Close Explore Tour Cost

  • Adults: $25 per person, plus tax, in addition to daily admission
  • Children (age 3 - 11): $19 person, plus tax, in addition to daily admission


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posted 02-20-2014 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad to hear this as I was going to miss all the other tours when I go again this fall, but this sounds like a slightly-expanded version of the normal tour. They mention 'views' of things but the only stop that the normal bus tour doesn't make and it appears to take you is somewhere near the 39 area. I'll take the tour, no question, but the description doesn't feel like a replacement for the other tours that are being stopped this month...

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posted 02-20-2014 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be down there in a week and a half. I'll try to make this one and report back on it.


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posted 02-20-2014 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lee, let's definitely check this out for our KSC visit!

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posted 03-08-2014 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took it the past week. We drove out onto the Banana River causeway and had a stop at the viewing area just on the otherside of the bridge where all the unmanned launch sites were pointed out. Drove back up and along the crawlerway, around 39A and stopped at an old generator bunker along the beach roughly between the two pads. Then drove around 39B and back down the crawlerway stopping outside the fence for the VAB. Then drove to the runway at the control tower, although this wasn't a stop and the bus only drove through the parking lot there and back out, and then on to the Saturn V center. This will become the prime tour once the launch pad and firing room tours end.

Speaking of which... I also took the pad tour which several guides think may end as soon as this month. It all depends when the pad is handed over. Took the LCC tour as well and I'm not sure how much longer that may last as they are still working on the room (the horseshoes are all gone). I guess it could still be a tour even if all the fixtures are removed.


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posted 03-08-2014 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ironically, I took the Launch Control tour yesterday. It was a $25 add on. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful speaker. Over the last 38 years, I've toured most of the add-on sights, but never the Launch Control Rooms. I really enjoyed it. We also stopped by pad 39A and a few other spots. Better tour than I thought it would be.

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