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The “launch” of a new tour
Visit the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center in Cape Canaveral, FL and you won’t be able to help yourself from saying “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” The Control Center has opened its doors to the public for the first time in 30 years as part of this year’s celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first American in orbit (John Glenn aboard Friendship 7 in 1962). It’s served as ground zero for 152 launches, including all the Apollo ones. The Launch Control Center Tour takes visitors into Firing Room 4, home of the last 21 shuttle operations since 2006. Inside, there’s the main countdown clock, computers that track the thousands of system checks leading up to blast off and the “bubble room” with its glass wall through which management overlooks the preparations below. The Vehicle Assembly Building Tour is another 50th anniversary event. It takes visitors inside the 160-metre tall building where the Apollo rockets and space shuttles were assembled. Admission to the Space Center is US$45 for adults, US$35 for kids 3 to 11; the tours cost an extra US$25 for adults, US$19 for kids. (866) 737-5235; kennedyspacecenter.com.
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