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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-13-2015 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to a heightened threat level affecting all U.S. military installations, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has had to suspend operation of the KSC Up-Close Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tour effective immediately.

The Then and Now tour took guests to Launch Complex 26, the Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Launch Complex 5/6, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and Launch Complex 34.

At this time, the Visitor Complex does not know when the Then and Now tour will be able to resume. The suspension does not affect the other Up Close tours.

Tony Guidry

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From: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
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posted 05-13-2015 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tony Guidry   Click Here to Email Tony Guidry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am disappointed to hear that news since my wife and I are planning to be at the KSC Visitor Complex for the Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 30th and we were planning on taking the Then and Now Tour the following day. Guess we will just have to modify our plans a bit.

We have taken that tour numerous times over the past 30 years of visiting KSC but always seem to enjoy it. Regretfully, in recent years, they have removed Launch Complex 14 (Mercury orbital missions) and Complex 19 (Gemini missions) from the tour. I inquired about this and was told by a KSC tour guide that the heavy tour buses are no longer allowed to travel on the access roads to these launch pads because the roads are not in the best of shape and were not designed to handle those heavy bus traffic loads.

The tour buses used to be allowed to travel by the Complex 14 blockhouse and actually circle the launch pad. You can still get a brief glimpse of the Complex 19 blockhouse from the main road.

The rest of the tour is still interesting and informative, especially for those of us with an interest in the history of U.S. manned spaceflight. I hope they can resume offering the tour soon.

New Member

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From: Elk, Wa., USA
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posted 06-06-2015 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dhb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a frequent visitor and reader of collectSPACE, but rarely post. I plan to visit KSC in October and after seeing this post on the Then and Now bus tour being suspended, I called KSC and was told they would resume the tour on June 6. Any updates from you all would be appreciated.

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From: Elk, Wa., USA
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posted 06-11-2015 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dhb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update on the Then and Now Tour: I did indeed call last post and was told the tour would reopen June 6, but a couple of days after calling, a notice appeared on the KSC tour website page announcing the tour was suspended until further notice.

I just called the KSC visitor center this morning, June 11 and the gal answering did not know anything about it — didn't even know it was suspended. I figure she was perhaps a counter sales worker. Any rate I hope and trust the tour will be back in service by October when I visit.

First time for me to visit the Space Coast, a NASA space nut who used to camp out in front of the rabbit eared tv set for days watching all I could of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Really want to get to the Canaveral Air Force Museum, I'm more interested in that then whats at KSC.

If anyone finds out anything, please post, I'm also viewing the websites of the nearby tv stations for updates.

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