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April 12, 2018

FLORIDA - FIFTH GRADERS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO NASA’S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX

Explore a Universe of Fun for Free through December 31, 2018

 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER –  Fifth graders nationwide have just landed a free trip to space. For the second consecutive year, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a front row seat to NASA’s future of space exploration with an invitation for a full-day of adventure and fun for FREE!

Current and incoming fifth graders (for fall 2018*) who visit with a full-admission-paying-adult**, will receive free, one-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The ticket is available via the following link:https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/tickets#SpecialOffers. The ticket can be printed and then presented at any ticket window, along with one of the following as proof of age: a fourth- or fifth-grade report card, a passport or birth certificate. The offer will run through December 31, 2018.


“Last year’s Fifth Grade Free offer was so successful that we couldn’t wait to share the news that we are repeating the program,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “In our continued commitment to promote STEM, we hope to inspire kids in this age group to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers, scientists and launch directors who will make today’s plans a reality. Students will have the opportunity to see and experience NASA’s past, present and bold future – bringing to life what they are learning about in school.” 

The offer was created to expose more students to the immersive, edutainment-style activities and experiences at the visitor complex that support the fourth and fifth grade elementary school curriculums nationwide, which include space exploration as an area of study.

A highlight for 2018 is the all-new Astronaut Training Experience, available for an additional fee with admission, which uses immersive simulation technology to transport participants to Mars, train them to live and work in the harshest environment, and teach them what it’s like to travel to the Red Planet, using real NASA science to address engineering challenges. It boasts the most high-tech, hands-on activities available at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through two distinct programs: Astronaut Training Experience, and Mars Base 1. Astronaut Training Experience is an opportunity for visitors to train like an astronaut preparing for a mission to Mars, and Mars Base 1 offers a chance to live on Mars for seven hours, as “rookie astronauts,” while performing base operations along with real science experiments and engineering tasks.

In addition to the ATX Center, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites guests to see an unforgettable experience and share in the thrilling sights, sounds and sensations of an upcoming rocket launch. The visitor complex hosts the closest public viewing areas around the Space Coast, along with a host of launch-related activities and events. This may include mission briefings, children’s activities and much more. And with about 40 launches planned for 2018, the chances of catching a launch during a visit are great!

For more information on the fifth-grade offer and more, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including the new Astronaut Training Experience®, which opened in February 2018, as well as Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, and Cosmic Quest.  Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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*Also applies to international students at comparable grade level.
**Limit three children per one adult.