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Kennedy Space Center – KSC Up-Close Tour

 

Rating: * * * * *
Time: 90 minutes
Short Take: In the footsteps of the astronauts

In a sense KSC Up Close begins where the KSC Tour leaves off, offering you extra special access to places you glimpsed from afar on the main tour. With the expert guidance of a space program expert who is a gold mine of little known facts, you get to stop near Launch Pads 39A and B at a special seaside viewing platform that offers one of the best photo ops to be had at KSC. With the towering pads to one side and the Atlantic Ocean to the other, you'll get a terrific view of the rotating service structure that swings away for the actual launch, the flame trench that harnesses and channels the inferno created by the rockets, and the massive lightning rods that protect the craft from Florida's stormy weather.

For the first time since 1978, you can now get inside the Vehicle Assembly Building exclusively on this tour. It looks immense from the vantage point offered on the KSC Tour, but inside it is positively awe-inspiring. This opportunity may be discontinued at any time, but at the moment you may see a decommissioned shuttle orbiter as it is prepared for permanent display.

Every mission begins with an inch-by-inch journey on the Crawler Transporter, which you'll revisit on this tour. The tour ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, described above. From there, you can take a bus straight back to the Visitor Complex, or proceed to the International Space Station Center.
Note: If you take this tour, you may want to skip the main KSC Tour. Yes, you will miss the LC-39 Observation Gantry, but you will get a closer look at pads 39A and B on this tour.

Note: If you take this tour, you may want to skip the main KSC Tour. Yes, you will miss the LC-39 Observation Gantry, but you will get a closer look at pads 39A and B on this tour.

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