Kennedy Space Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Includes Nod to the Past and Look to the Future

June 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Believe, The Dream

There are very few experiences as spectacular a the watching a manned spacecraft launch into orbit. I had one of those rare experiences while sitting on the rear deck of a Disney cruise line before leaving port. The thought that I was there watching other human beings depart our world, living their dream is something I will never forget.

Even if you never have the opportunity to watch a manned flight launch into space at a minimum you should visit the the Kennedy Space Center.

On July 1st, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.

The 50th anniversary programming is complimentary to guests with paid admission.

“This is a great occasion for everyone who loves John F. Kennedy Space Center,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the visitor complex. “For 50 years, Kennedy has been the gateway to space, carrying astronauts into space aboard rockets and space shuttles, launching space exploration devices and constructing the International Space Station.

“We’re celebrating the many historic achievements of the space program over the last 50 years – which visitors can experience here like nowhere else – plus the exciting things going on today to prepare Kennedy Space Center for commercial space flight and the Orion deep-space program,” Moore said.

On July 1, 1962, the space center was officially acknowledged as an operating spaceflight center under the name Launch Operations Center. The name was later changed to John F. Kennedy Space Center in honor of the president and his vision of Americans visiting the moon.

Earlier this year, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrated another milestone in space history with the 50th anniversary of Americans in Orbit. On February 20, 1962, launching aboard a Mercury-Atlas rocket in the Freedom 7 capsule, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn circled the Earth three times, followed by a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering guests two special offers that can save up to 30 percent on admission, food and merchandise, as well as secure access to view rocket launches. Details of Kennedy Space Center‘s 50th Gold Admission Package and a $50 Annual Pass are available at

Visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex currently have two rare tour opportunities. For the first time in more than 30 years, NASA is allowing guests inside the Launch Control Center – where NASA directors and engineers supervised all of the 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programs, and inside the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), the massive building where the Apollo Saturn V rockets and space shuttles were assembled.

Now that is the American Dream


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