Visit USA 2023 Travel Planner

advertorial Guests to Gateway, with its focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration, experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating everything happening right now within the space programme. Through immersive education, atmospheric effects and a motion theatre experience, they see, hear and feel what it’s like to travel in space. Upon entering Gateway, ‘space travelers’ are greeted with a futuristic design intended to set the stage for their journey. Visitors are surrounded by actual spaceflown artifacts, displayed like massive space sculptures in an outdoor garden, and full-scale models that are placed around the floor and suspended from above to allow 360-degree viewing. Space flown Artifacts You can’t miss the flight-flown Orion spacecraft from Exploration Flight Test - 1 (EFT-1). Launched in 2014, this was the maiden voyage of the Lockheed Martin spacecraft. Learn about this mission and Orion’s key role in NASA’s Artemis missions. Interact with three screens to explore launch and liftoff, a comparison of the Orion to the Apollo capsule, training and flight preparation, navigation, key features and systems for the crew, and the path back to Earth. Seeing the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster suspended from the ceiling is jawdropping. Booster B1023 launched in 2016 on its first mission, Thaicom 8, and successfully landed. For its second mission, the B1023 was converted to a side booster for the Falcon Heavy Demo in 2018, which famously launched a bright red Tesla Roadster into space. Engaging Interactives As well as a ‘nose-to-nose’ view of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, Gateway’s second floor has a 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling Robotic Trail Blazers Wall with interactive, touchscreen displays where guests learn about 40 satellites and probes in space. Learn about the high-powered James Webb Space Telescope by manipulating holographic imagery, video and animation through a touchscreen kiosk at a HoloTube presentation station. Spaceport KSC Nearby, guests will be transported into the future of space travel at Spaceport KSC, the first and only airport of the future. Upon entering the concourse, travelers will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of a galactic spaceport: atmospheric airport chatter surrounds travelers as they peer through windows at distant views of active launches and landings. Guests board their “spaceships” – in the form of a two-story, motion theater ride – for one of four journeys: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet or Uncharted Worlds. Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex® Lands at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex