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Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex Opens at Kennedy Space Center

An F-104 Starfighter (hopefully named after the 1984 movie, the Last Starfighter or the Star Wars spacecraft) kicked off the grand opening of Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on the 15th. Sparks and confetti filled the air when numerous officials pushed the ceremonial red button to declare the complex open for visitors.

The 50,000-square feet attraction will focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration through immersive educational experiences, atmospheric effects, and a motion theater, allowing guests to see, hear, and feel what it is like to travel in space.

You can experience an interactive news release here.

In addition to these interactive experiences, visitors can learn what is currently happening in the space program and see NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware such as the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Guests will also see the spaceport of the future: Spaceport KSC.

Spaceport KSC represents the airport of the future, showing visitors views of active launches and landings as well as arrival and departure boards. They can then board “spaceships” (two-story motion theaters) for one of four journeys: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet, or Uncharted Worlds.

A 30-foot floor-to-ceiling Robotic Space Explorers Interactive Wall touchscreen display will educate guests about 40 different satellites and probes currently in space, while a HoloTube presentation teaches about the James Webb Space Telescope through holographic imagery, video, and animation.

For more information, click here

See the digital complex preview below.

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