6225 Vectorspace Boulevard, Titusville 32780
Admission: Adults $17, children (3 to 11) $13, plus tax
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: On SR 405, just off US 1, on the way to Kennedy Space Center
Just before you reach Kennedy Space Center you pass a beautifully designed museum/simulator attraction called the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Admission here is included in some of the ticket options offered by the Space Center Visitors Complex, but it can be visited separately. For more information on admission packages, see Chapter 7: Kennedy Space Center.
The museum portion of the experience pays homage to the seven Mercury and 13 Gemini astronauts who worked in the days when space travel was new enough that we could all keep track of who was who. More recently, 22 Apollo and Skylab astronauts were added to the Hall of Fame. Also on display are actual Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules. There is even a Mercury model into which you can squeeze yourself — or try to. If you ever wondered why the early astronauts referred to the Mercury program as “man in a can,” this experience will explain it all.
Probably of more interest to most visitors, especially the younger ones, will be the variety of simulated experiences this attraction has to offer. The G Force Trainer puts you in a centrifuge that simulates 4-Gs of acceleration. A video screen in front of you shows what a jet pilot might see while zooming through the wild blue yonder. Amazingly, there is no sensation of spinning, just eight minutes of the rather uncomfortable pull of rapid acceleration. The Mission To Mars simulation takes you on a bumpy ride across the surface of the Red Planet. And the Moonwalk, a harness-like contraption, allows those over 40 inches tall and weighing between 60 and 150 pounds (which means kids, mostly, although a few skinny adults qualify) experience what one-sixth gravity feels like.
The adjoining education center is the site of Camp Kennedy Space Center, a week-long summer camp for kids 8 to 14, and the Astronaut Training Experience, a one-day program designed for adults who are jealous of all that fun the kids are having.
Allow about two to three hours to fully experience this attraction. If you just want to hit the highlights, it will take far less time. Since many Kennedy Space Center visitors who include the Hall of Fame in their admission package stop here late in the day, it can get very crowded after 4:00 p.m.
Nearby: Enchanted Forest, Kennedy Space Center, Police Hall of Fame, Warbirds Museum.
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