Have you ever imagined yourself at the controls of the Space Shuttle, preparing for launch at Kennedy Space Center? Here is your opportunity - ATX offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience.
- Train like an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center
- Experience the feeling of hurtling through space
- End the program with an authentic simulated shuttle mission
What You Can Expect
ATX offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience. Developed with input from veteran NASA astronauts, the hands-on program includes an orientation and mission briefing by a member of the US astronaut corps, true-to-training simulator exercises, access into rarely-seen areas of the Space Center and the culmination of the training: A team-oriented Space Shuttle "mission".
After a briefing by the astronaut, crew members embark upon a variety of exercises that prepare astronauts for the rigors of space flight. For those interested in the sensation of hurtling through space, ATX offers the Multi-axis trainer simulator, a centrifuge-like device that randomly spins and twirls its occupant in multiple directions and through 360° revolutions.
The tour concludes with the main event - a simulated Shuttle mission in which participants work as a team to execute a high-earth orbit to rendezvous, dock and perform critical repair work on the International Space Station. Each crew member is assigned a specific role by trainers and, based on the assignment, proceeds to a full-scale Shuttle mock-up or takes the helm in a realistically outfitted mission control room.
From countdown to lift-off to mission, the intensity of the exercise is palpable and offers a realistic look at what astronauts and mission control achieve together every time NASA launches a manned mission.
New Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit
Starting June 29, don’t miss the brand-new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, showcasing the legendary spacecraft, Atlantis. More than 60 interactive experiences highlight the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s program that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station, plus you can see what it’s like to be a real astronaut! Take the helm at the shuttle cockpit; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a replica of the ISS; and strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch!
I was given this as a gift and the experience was awesome! Great people, great program! If you want to visit the Kennedy Space Center plan on doing it on a different day because with this program finishing at 1, the park is only open until 5 on most days, which is not enough time to see everything.