Kennedy Space Center

The John F. Kennedy space center is situated on the central Atlantic coast of Florida almost 50 miles (75 km),  east of Orlando and between Miami and Jacksonville. The virtual spaceport and launch tools and facilities are situated nearby Cape Canaveral, a wide peninsula with prohibited public access. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, situated outside the cape is open to the public at large daily from 9 AM until 5 PM. It encompasses several exhibits, displays and films, in addition it also offers chances to tour the virtual spaceport and launch facility.

The entry prices are $39 for adults and $30 for children. In this the permission to all displays and films along with a bus trip of the spaceport and launch facility are covered. Generally, tickets are easily available at the space center or else you can also purchase them online from its official website.

Kennedy Space Center Information

Kennedy Space Center Agency Overview
Formed July 1962
Preceding Agencies Launch Operations Directorate
Launch Operations Center
Jurisdiction U.S. federal government
Headquarters Merritt Island, Florida
28°31′26.608″N 80°39′3.055″W
Employees 13,100 (2011)
Annual Budget $217 million USD (2008)
Agency Executives Robert D. Cabana, director
Janet E. Petro, deputy director
Parent Agency NASA

Ticket Center

Bus tours of the Kennedy Space Centre Launch Complex begin from the visitor center at small intervals and are added in your admission. The tours takes you to the big vehicle assembly building where the huge rockets are fully assembled before the launch, to the huge crawler platforms that gradually transport the completely assembled rockets many miles out to the launch location, and to sites of one of the launch platforms.

For an extra twenty dollars, you can go for one of the "NASA Up Close" tours that are explained by an expert guide. All of the travels are prohibited on launch days, so you must check the launch schedule prior to planning your visit.

Kennedy Space Center Admission Options & Tickets

Ticket Type Ticket Price
Admission $43 Adult / $33 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (Admission Only) $20 Adult / $16 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax
Annual Pass $56 Adult / $46 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax
Discover KSC: – Guided Tour $21 Adult / $15 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax
Cape Canaveral: Guided Tour $21 Adult / $15 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax
Lunch With an Astronaut $24.99 Adult / $15.99 Child (Ages 3-11) plus tax

Sightseeing Spots

You can also watch the real space launch if you are in the location on the right date. It is probable to park along the highway several miles away from the cape and view the rocket liftoff and vanish into sky. You cannot obtain parking passes that permit you to park along the causeway on the cape because of new security precautionary measures. If you are actually curious to see a launch from close quarters, you can go to the Space Center web site and buy one of the limited numbers of launch viewing passes that will enable you to view the launch from a special visitors’ area on the cape.

This is a great destination for children and adults alike. It takes only a bit more than an hour to drive to reach Orlando and the Disney World complex from here.

History of Kenney Space Centre

Kennedy Space Center was built and evolved to cater to the changing needs of America's manned space program, originally in competition with the Soviet Union. What is today Kennedy Space Center was approved in 1958 during the government of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The facility was initially known as the Launch Operations Directorate (LOD), executing under the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

President John F. Kennedy's 1961 target of a lunar landing prior to 1970 resulted in an expansion of NASA functioning from some centers in the Industrial Area of Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex (later Air Force Station), basically Hangar S, to Merritt Island. NASA started land acquisition in the year 1962, purchasing title to 131 square miles (340 km2) and negotiating with the government of Florida for 87 square miles (230 km2) more. The prominent buildings in Kennedy Space Centre's Industrial Area were conceptualized by architect Charles Luckman.

The site was rechristened as Launch Operations Center, On July 1, 1962 obtaining equal status with other NASA centers; and on November 29, 1963, the centre got its current name by Executive Order 11129 after Kennedy's death.

Weather of Florida

Florida manifests a partial tropical climate. It is hot and humid during the months of June through August. Temperature exceeds 90 degrees F (32 C) and humidity hovers near 100 percent. The ideal and most pleasant weather is generally during winter months that fall between December through March when temperatures are around 75 degrees (25 C) and the humidity is bearable.

Rain is the daily feature in most months (probably during the winter), but the showers are basically short and the sun generally quickly reappears. Hurricane season is considered from August through late October. During this season, fierce tropical storms are witnessed along with inundating rainfalls.

Florida is considered to be the sunshine state along with the Thunderstorm and Lightning State. Because of the abundance of warm moist air coming from the Gulf of Mexico and the hot tropical sun, temperatures are perfect for the generation of thunderstorms. Every year, several injuries and casualties are reported by lightning strikes on Florida golf courses and beaches.

Kenney Space Centre Directors

Name Start End
Dr. Kurt H. Debus July 1962 November 1974
Lee R. Scherer January 19, 1975 September 2, 1979
Richard G. Smith September 26, 1979 August 2, 1986
Forrest S. McCartney August 31, 1987 December 31, 1991
Robert L. Crippen January 1992 January 1995
Jay F. Honeycutt January 1995 March 2, 1997
Roy D. Bridges, Jr. March 2, 1997 August 9, 2003
James W. Kennedy August 9, 2003 January 2007
William W. Parsons January 2007 October 2008
Robert D. Cabana October 2008 Present

Kenney Space Centre Facilities on the National Register of Historic Places

Facilities on the National Register of Historic Places include:

  • Central Instrumentation Facility
  • Crawlerway
  • KSC Headquarters Building|Headquarters Building
  • Launch Complex 39
  • Launch Complex 39–Pad A
  • Launch Complex 39–Pad B
  • Launch Control Center
  • Missile Crawler Transporter Facilities
  • Operations and Checkout Building
  • Press Site–Clock and Flag Pole
  • Vehicle Assembly Building–High Bay and Low Bay

Kennedy Space Center Nearby Attractions

  • Walt Disney World
  • Sea World
  • Universal Studios
  • Daytona Beach
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Cocoa Beach
  • The Space Coast
  • Port Canaveral
  • Brevard Zoo
  • BCC Planetarium
  • Gatorland
  • Island Boat Lines
  • Indian River Cruises