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Royal Mansions Resort - The closest oceanfront resort to Orlando, Royal Mansions Condominiums are located on 700 feet of pristine beach, in a quiet residential neighborhood away from congestion, one mile from Port Canaveral, close to Kennedy Space Center, cruise ships, and Canaveral Air Force Station. More Hotel Info ˇ Map  
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson - Featuring 151 spacious guest room accommodations to suit Business and Leisure Traveler needs. We offer complimentary breakfast, High Speed Internet, USA Today Monday thru Friday & Complimentary Guest Parking. Hotel is located 1/2 mile from Port Canaveral. More Hotel Info ˇ Map  
Residence Inn by Marriott - At the Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach, our spacious suites offer separate living and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchen and plenty of space for entertaining, relaxing or meeting with colleagues. Each suite is equipped with a hairdryer, iron and board and more. More Hotel Info ˇ Map  
Radisson Resort at the Port - Lush Tropical Paradise with Caribbean layout, flowing waterfalls, & secluded fish ponds. Closest Hotel to Port Canaveral Cruise Ships. Closest in the Cocoa Beach Area to Kennedy Space Center, Orlando Airport / Attractions, & the only beach with a lifeguard. New Whirlpool Suites available. More Hotel Info ˇ Map  

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Kennedy Space Center at Cape CanaveralThe $13 million expansion to KSC's Visitor Complex Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral includes a new International Space Station-themed ticket plaza, featuring a structure of overhanging solar panels and astronauts performing assembly tasks. Other additions are the new information center, a walk-through Robot Scouts exhibit, a wildlife exhibit, and the film Quest for Life in a new 300-seat theater. The KSC Visitor Complex was inaugurated three decades ago and is now one of the top five tourist attractions in Florida. It is located on S.R. 407, east of I-95, within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The newly added Robot Scouts exhibit at the KSC Visitor Complex is situated next to the Rocket Garden. Part of the $13 million expansion to the Visitor Complex, the exhibit helps describe for visitors the accomplishments of unsung space heroes space probes and their role in space exploration. It also includes a display of how data from robotic probes might be used to build a human habitat for Mars. Visitors can witness a simulated Martian sunset. Other additions include a new foyer, films, and an International Space Station-themed ticket plaza, featuring a structure of overhanging solar panels and astronauts performing assembly tasks.

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Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch Day
Each year, more than 1.5 million guests from around the world experience their very own space adventure by exploring the exciting past, present and future of America ’s space program at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Built in 1967 as a means for NASA astronauts’ and employees’ families to view space center operations, today the Visitor Complex is one of Central Florida’s most popular tourist destinations.
Since 1995, when Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, Inc. began managing the Visitor Complex, every aspect of this 70-acre facility has been entirely redeveloped and enhanced. From larger-than-life IMAX® films to live shows, hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes tours, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers guests an educational, entertaining and comprehensive space program experience.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando on State Road 405, six miles inside the Kennedy Space Center entrance. From Orlando, take State Road 528 east and follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center. From Interstate 95, take exit 212 northbound or exit 215 southbound. From Merritt Island or Cocoa Beach, take State Road 3.
Telephone: 321-449-4444 or TTY: 321-454-4198
Opens daily at 9:00 a.m. Closing times vary. Open every day except December 25 and certain launch days. Guests should plan to spend the day for a complete experience.
Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers are available inside the main entrance and all exhibits and tours are wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Complex offers complimentary use of pet kennels. First aid, automated teller machine and bus parking are available.
The Space Shop is the largest retail store in the world devoted to space-themed merchandise with more than 4,000 items.
Guests may choose from a full-service restaurant or numerous self-service restaurants and specialty food locations with a wide variety of menu options. Lunch With an Astronaut is available daily at 12:30 p.m. and includes a delicious lunch, a briefing and Q & A with a NASA astronaut and an autographed souvenir.
From private parties to corporate functions, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the perfect place to launch your function. For more information, call 321-449-4400.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers several youth education programs including Camp Kennedy Space Center , Overnight Adventures, annual programs for Homeschoolers, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, field trips and special programs for youth groups. For more information, call 321-449-4400.
Full-time Florida and Georgia educators are eligible for a complimentary 12-month pass. Passes are available at the ticket plaza by presenting valid state teaching ID and photo ID.
Located at the Visitor Complex, the Center provides expertise to help educators access and use technology, science and mathematics instructional products. For details or to make an appointment, call 321-867-4090.
Kennedy Space Center TourKennedy Space Center Tour: A must-see experience, this tour takes guests on a narrated, video supplemented bus tour of Kennedy Space Center. The first stop on this go-at-your-own pace tour is the LC-39 Observation Gantry where guests enjoy a panoramic view of Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle launch pads, as well as the rocket launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A short film and interactive displays demonstrate how the launch pad is constructed and how a Shuttle is launched. Buses then drive by the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where the Space Shuttle is stacked for launch, and where the Apollo/Saturn V rockets were once assembled, as well as the Orbiter Processing Facility where the orbiter is examined and maintained after each mission.
The next stop is the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built, and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. Finally, the Lunar Theater provides a rare look at the harrowing final moments before man landed on the moon. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is also home to the Moon Rock Café, the only place in the world where guests can dine next to a genuine moon rock.
International Space Station CenterA separate bus takes guests to the International Space Station Center. Visitors view an informational briefing on the International Space Station and walk through full-scale mock-ups of space station modules. An elevated observation room overlooks the actual processing facility where visitors may witness actual components of the Space Station as they are checked out, processed and readied for their trip into orbit.
IMAX space filmFILMS
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is home to the only back-to-back IMAX® theaters in the world, showcasing two large-format motion pictures on 5˝ story tall screens. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is the newest IMAX space film. This film takes audiences to the lunar surface to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there to experience what they saw, thought and did. Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, Magnificent Desolation features rarely seen NASA footage, Computer Generated Images (CGI) and live-action renditions of the lunar landscape to propel audiences nearly a quarter-million miles above the Earth’s surface. (40 minutes) “Space Station 3D,” filmed by 25 astronauts and cosmonauts and narrated by Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise, takes audiences on an incredible cinematic journey of discovery from planet Earth to the newest star in the sky – the International Space Station. Amazing 3D technology enables audiences to sit inside the Space Shuttle during launch, experience the exhilaration of a space walk and float effortlessly through the Space Station. (45 minutes)
Visitors to the 300-seat Universe Theater can view the inspirational film, “Quest for Life,” which illustrates the need for humans to search for life in this galaxy and explore the unknown reaches of the universe.
face-to-face with a real astronautAstronaut Encounter: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place on Earth where guests have the opportunity to come face-to-face with a real astronaut every day. This half-hour, interactive question and answer session aims at inspiring children and adults alike to strive for excellence.
Lunch With an Astronaut: Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of having lunch with an actual astronaut and hearing inspiring space exploration stories while enjoying a delicious meal. Guests have the opportunity to ask questions and have photos taken with the astronaut and each guest receives an autographed souvenir. Price is $22.99 for adults and $15.99 for children ages 3-11, in addition to admission.
Mad Mission to Mars 2025,” a KSC Visitor Complex/Mad Science Production: This live-action stage show enables guests to learn principles essential for an astronaut to live and work in space without leaving Earth. Using stereoscopic 3D computer animation and spectacular theatrical effects, wacky characters Professor Pruvitt, Kelvin and WD-4D magically transform guests into “astronaut trainees,” then guide them on an interactive journey through the cosmos.
Rocket Garden is a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex hallmarkRocket Garden: The ever-popular Rocket Garden is a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex hallmark. The outdoor garden features eight authentic rockets from the past, including a Mercury-Atlas rocket similar to the one used to launch John Glenn into space in 1962. Elements include dramatic lighting, water features, “climb-in” Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsule replicas, seating and informative graphic elements.
Shuttle Plaza: “Explorer,” a full-size orbiter replica, allows guests to picture more clearly what it’s like to live and work in space. Full-size, genuine solid rocket boosters and an external tank are also on display, representing all three components of a Space Shuttle. The Launch Status Center features live briefings on space-related topics.
Early Space Exploration: Highlighting the Mercury and Gemini space programs, this facility features artifacts from the first manned space flights and houses the original Mercury mission control consoles. This exhibit is located adjacent to the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility, a state of the art meeting and event facility overlooking the Rocket Garden.
Exploration in the New Millennium: Guests transition into the future of space exploration as they journey from the Vikings’ discoveries of Greenland and Iceland to the Mars Viking Lander, the first probe to land on Mars in 1976. Here, guests can explore our solar system, touch a piece of Mars and view NASA space images.
Nature and Technology: This exhibit showcases the unique balance between technology and nature at Kennedy Space Center, which shares a common boundary with the 140,000 acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Robot ScoutsRobot Scouts: This walk-through exhibit highlights NASA’s unsung heroes, the unmanned planetary robot probes that pave the way for human space flight. Through humor and creative story lines, this attraction provides an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Astronaut Memorial: Dedicated in 1991, the Astronaut Memorial honors the 24 U.S. Astronauts who gave their lives for space exploration. The 42 ˝ foot high by 50-foot wide “Space Mirror” brilliantly illuminates the names cut through the monument’s black granite surface.
NASA Up Close Tour: Led by a trained space expert, this tour gives visitors an insider’s view of the space program from launch preparation to liftoff. The tour includes up-close views of Space Shuttle launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), massive Crawler-Transporters, which move the Shuttle from the VAB to its launch pad, and Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Shuttle launch pads, offering a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are surrounded by myriad rocket launch pads and may view the solid rocket booster recovery ships and native wildlife. Other tour stops include the Apollo/Saturn V Center and the International Space Station Center.
Cape Canaveral: Then and Now Tour: This narrated, in-depth journey guides visitors through the Cape’s 50-year history of space exploration. Highlights include Launch Complex 5/6, site of the first two Mercury launches and the birthplace of NASA’s manned space program; the Air Force Space and Missile Museum; the Mercury Memorial; and Launch Complex 19, site of 10 manned missions in two years. The tour stops at Launch Complex 34, site of the 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy in which astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee perished in a fire during a launch test. Note: Photo ID is required for guests 12 and older.

Located six miles west of the main Visitor Complex, the Astronaut Hall of Fame is Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's newest attraction. The Hall of Fame features the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut mementos, plus historic spacecrafts, hands-on activities and astronaut training simulators. Sit at a mission control console, take a virtual moonwalk and feel the pull of 4 G’s in the G-Force Simulator.

authentic space launchLAUNCHES
The noise, the vibrations – and the view! From countdown to blast off, there’s nothing quite like a live, authentic space launch. An on-going schedule of manned and unmanned space launches keep eyes glued to the skies above Kennedy Space Center throughout the year.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s newest and most interactive guest program to date, ATX™ - Astronaut Training Experience, offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience. Developed with input from veteran NASA astronauts, the hands-on, heads-engaged day-long program includes an orientation and mission briefing by a member of the U.S. astronaut corps, true-to-training simulator exercises, access into rarely seen areas of Kennedy Space Center and the culmination of the training: A team-oriented space shuttle mission from launch to landing in a full-scale Space Shuttle mock-up and Mission Control Center.
Astronaut Training ExperienceThe intensity of ATX™offers a realistic look at what astronauts and mission control achieve together every time NASA launches a manned mission. The ATX package includes an ATX shirt, a class photograph with an astronaut and a graduation ceremony for successfully completing the program. Due to the program’s highly interactive nature, ATX crews are small and advance reservations are required. Cost is $225 per person.
Children’s Play Dome: Future astronauts can explore a space playground, complete with a 1:5 scale Space Shuttle/Space Station Gym.
NASA Art Gallery: More than 200 pieces of space-related works of art are exhibited adjacent to the IMAX® theaters. A complete range of artistic styles are on display by world-renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Rauschenberg and Apollo astronaut and artist Alan Bean.
Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility: Named on behalf of Kennedy Space Center’s first director, this state-of-the-art conference facility over looking the Rocket Garden provides impressive event and meeting space for corporate and convention groups.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.– From the earliest days of America’s storied space program, Kennedy Space Center has been there. Through the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs, the NASA prep and launch facility has captured the world’s attention and fed its imagination for the farthest reaches of outer space. Nestled on a placid barrier island on Florida’s “Space Coast” – Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne and Palm Bay – the endlessly bustling Kennedy Space Center is the epicenter of mankind’s greatest adventure. Now, with a new era of events, attractions and interactive programs unfolding year-round, Kennedy Space Center is a must-see for every Florida visitor.
Located just 45 minutes from Orlando, at more than 140,000 acres – over 200 square miles – the massive Kennedy Space Center is six times larger than Manhattan. It is a dynamic entity, with more than 20 NASA launches conducted in the past year by NASA and private industry. Kennedy Space Center’s remarkable collection of rockets, launch pads, NASA aerospace technology components and launch viewing opportunities offer an authenticity and behind-the-scenes access unlike any other Central Florida destination.
Home to the legendary Launch Control Center, where NASA engineers have guided launches since the Apollo program of the early 1960’s, Kennedy Space Center also boasts the Vehicle Assembly Building – one of the largest buildings in the world – where Saturn V rockets and Space Shuttle vehicles have been assembled piece by piece. Stretched north is the 15,000-foot Shuttle Landing Strip, and along the Atlantic shore are the massive Shuttle launch pads, LC-39A and LC-39B. A stone’s skip across the Banana River is Cape Canaveral, site of countless launches and even more launch pads, from the historic Mercury Redstone pads to the still-active LC-40 Titan IV.
Complementing the awe-inspiring collection of giant buildings and space equipment, Kennedy Space Center offers visitors numerous activities and interactive programs that will leave them with a new-found understanding of the U.S. space program, as well as a lasting impression of the individual and team accomplishments that make it all possible. From technical details and physical experiments to the delicate balance between man and machine, Kennedy Space Center provides new ways to explore and appreciate planet earth as well as its surrounding universe.

The Shuttle Launch Experience is the first project in a 10-year development plan for the Visitor Complex.

"Go Vertical" on Memorial Day Weekend*

Shuttle Launch Experience: Unprecedented Attraction Premiers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (May 22, 2007)

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unveils the first interactive visitor experience of its kind -- Shuttle Launch Experience -- lifting off this Memorial Day weekend. This premier attraction officially opens Friday, May 25; the culmination of three years of development by veteran Space Shuttle astronauts, under the guidance of NASA. Shuttle Launch Experience will send visitors through the sensations of launching into Earth’s orbit from Kennedy Space Center, the birthplace of American space exploration, just east of Orlando.

The design team, veteran NASA astronauts and renowned attraction experts created this authentic experience, deploying sophisticated motion technology, special effects seats and high fidelity visual and audio presentations. This unique-in-the-world experience immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and sensations of launching into space fully vertical. The launch begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2007 with a colorful and patriotic parade of American and Space Shuttle mission flags carried proudly by young people from Florida and across the country. Distinguished speakers include Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Operating Officer Daniel LeBlanc. First Space Shuttle Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen will cut the ribbon and lead the way for 44 astronauts to take the inaugural launch of Shuttle Launch Experience.

The technical highlights include an amazingly realistic simulation of the space shuttle’s eight and a half-minute ascent into orbit, custom-designed crew cabins with unprecedented vertical range, high-definition audiovisual effects, and advanced seating effects to maximize the sense of realism. About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is charting a new course to bring far-reaching NASA exploration events and triumphs to visitors - up close and personal. The journey takes NASA’s space exploration story to the next level through new technology and interactive experiences. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Inc. on behalf of NASA since 1995. More than 1.4 million visitors annually tour Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida’s most popular destinations. Admission includes Shuttle Launch Experience, inspiring tours of NASA’s spaceport facilities, daily Astronaut Encounters, towering rockets, IMAX; space films and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

New areas will include the Shuttle Launch Experience; NASA Central; NASA's Interplanetary Exploration 4-D Exhibit; Visit to the International Space Station; Origins: A Journey to the Birth of the Universe; Exploration of Our Home Planet; The Moon, Mars and Beyond; Space Shuttle Orbiter Exhibit; and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Interpretive Facility.
Live Space Launches
The smoke, the noise, the vibrations – and the view! From countdown to blast off, there’s nothing quite like an authentic space launch. An on-going schedule of manned and unmanned space launches keep eyes glued to the skies above Kennedy Space Center throughout the year. For more information on viewing a launch call, 321-449-4444.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Kennedy Space Center is an ecological sanctuary encompassed by the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, home to more state and federally protected wildlife than any other National Refuge. Throughout 140,000 acres of estuaries, marshes and coastal dunes are seven distinct habitat types and over 500 species: from manatees to alligators, bald eagles to ospreys, and butterflies to sea turtles. Look for five hiking trails from 1/4 mile to five miles long, a seven-mile driving tour, and countless photo opportunities.
NASA Guided Tours
Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on a NASA Guided Tour. The two-hour tour is an insightfully narrated journey through the evolution of the space program featuring a visit to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just across the Banana River from Kenney Space Center. The tour includes access to historical sights seldom open to the public, and explores the Space Shuttle program, from launch prep to lift-off, including up-close views of launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building and the six-million-pound Crawler-Transporter that hauls the Shuttle to its pad.
Apollo/Saturn V Center
A fully restored massive Saturn V moon rocket serves as the centerpiece of the Apollo/Saturn V Center. In addition to viewing all 363 feet of the most powerful rocket ever built, visitors can relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 in the Firing Room Theatre, and catch the harrowing final moments before man landed on the moon in the Lunar Theatre. Visitors can experience the Apollo/Saturn V Center in detail along with the LC-39 Observation Gantry on Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Guided Tour.
Spaceflight Simulator
The next best thing to heading off into the wild blue yonder is to try your hand on a spaceflight simulator at Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Hall of Fame. Interactive exhibits and simulators allow guests to experience for themselves not just the thrill but the pull of flight. The G-force trainer centrifuge takes guests on a jet fighter training run, where they can pull up to “4 Gs” – three times the force of gravity – without ever leaving the ground. Visitors can also experience the lighter-than-air ease of walking on the moon, and even ride in a rover on the surface of Mars.
IMAX® Theaters
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is home to not one but two five-and-a-half-story-tall IMAX® screens – the only twin IMAX® theaters in the world. Now playing: the 3-D IMAX® blockbuster Space Station. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Tom Cruise, Space Station takes audiences on an incredible cinematic journey to the International Space Station. Stunning footage shot by 25 Astronauts and Cosmonauts and 3-D technology combine to make audience members feel like they’re inside the Shuttle on launch, outside on a space walk, and floating effortlessly through the Station as it circles 220 miles above the earth.
Astronaut Hall of Fame
Although much of the story at Kennedy Space Center is about state-of-the-future technology, the new Astronaut Hall of Fame is about the brave men and women who flew. Kennedy Space Center’s newest addition features the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia, plus scintillating displays, exhibits, simulators and tributes to the heroes of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. A historic collection of spacecrafts includes the Mercury Sigma 7 capsule, a Gemini training capsule, and the Apollo 14 command module. Shuttle astronauts Dan Brandenstein, Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson, Story Musgrave and Sally Ride were inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame June 21, 2003 by Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell.
Rocket Garden
Recently unveiled after its first “face-lift” in 35 years, the all-new Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is ready for a ride. Marvel at eight vintage rockets from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs, each surrounded by expansive walkways and highlighted with easy-to-read signage and graphic elements. The Apollo 11 gantry arm and Apollo capsule model allow visitors to reenact the heart-pumping moments of countdown and launch, while the Mercury and Gemini capsules let you experience first hand just how small early space craft were.
Lunch With An Astronaut
Kennedy Space Center’s Lunch With An Astronaut offers guests a unique opportunity to dine with a true space hero. Learn about the daily life of an astronaut, ask questions, get a photo with the astronaut and an autographed souvenir. Seating is limited to insure an intimate setting, and the menu features gourmet classics like rotisserie chicken and oven-roasted potatoes, as well as Kennedy Space Center’s signature dessert, the “Brownie Liftoff”: a milk chocolate brownie surrounded by whipped cream and topped with fresh berries and melba sauce.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is an experiential gateway to the working space center and one of Florida’s most popular destinations. It’s a 70-acre arena of inspirational, educational and entertaining experiences, including IMAX® films, live shows, hands-on activities, and behind-the-scenes tours. Less than 45 minutes from Orlando and located in the heart of Florida’s “Space Coast” – Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne and Palm Bay – planning a trip to Kennedy Space Center is easy and convenient.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open daily from 9 a.m. to approximately dusk, except December 25 and certain launch days. Maximum Access Admission includes all exhibits, Astronaut Encounter, IMAX® space films, the KSC Tour of restricted areas, and the Astronaut Hall of Fame, featuring historic spacecrafts, simulator rides and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut mementos. Maximum Access Admission is $34 + tax for adults and $24 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 321-449-4444.

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Astronomers are scheduled to announce new findings about planets beyond our solar system at a media teleconference Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. PST.
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  02.15.07 - Shuttle Atlantis Moves to Pad, Crew Ready for Countdown Test
The next milestone for the upcoming mission, STS-117, is a full launch dress rehearsal beginning Feb. 21.
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  02.15.07 - NASA Mars Orbiter Sees Effects of Ancient Underground Fluids
Liquid or gas flowed through cracks penetrating underground rock on Mars, according to a report based on some of the first observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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  02.15.07 - Joint NASA Study Reveals Leaks In Antarctic 'Plumbing System'
Scientists using NASA satellites have discovered an extensive network of waterways beneath a fast-moving Antarctic ice stream.
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  02.14.07 - NASA Sets Briefing to Preview Station Spacewalk
NASA will hold a briefing at 1 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 16 to preview the fourth spacewalk this month by the residents of the International Space Station.
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  02.13.07 - Briefing on Discovery Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
Researchers from NASA and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif., will unveil new results from an unprecedented study of water deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.
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  02.13.07 - Hubble Astronauts Train at Goddard
Activities will cover the classroom and hands-on experience.
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  02.12.07 - NASA Announces Three ISS Crews
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced Monday that Dr. S. Alan Stern will be the agency's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, effective April 2.
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  02.12.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-08
Systems restored after unexpected power problem; no impact on operations.
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  02.12.07 - Planetary Scientist Selected to Lead Mission Directorate
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced Monday that Dr. S. Alan Stern will be the agency's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, effective April 2.
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  02.12.07 - Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts
NASA scientists may have discovered how a warmer climate in the future could increase droughts in certain parts of the world, including the southwest United States.
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  02.08.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-07
Astronauts complete third spacewalk in nine days.
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  02.08.07 - NASA Awards SOFIA Development, Engineering to L-3 Communications
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, L.P., of Waco, Texas, for continued developmental and engineering work on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.
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  02.08.07 - NASA Solicits Ideas for Constellation Ground Work
NASA has issued a request for information soliciting ideas on ground processing services for its Constellation Program and the next generation of space vehicles.
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  02.08.07 - First African-American Spacewalker at Conference
NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will host the 12th Annual Pre-Service Teacher Conference Feb. 15-17 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, in Alexandria, Va.
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  02.07.07 - Shuttle Atlantis Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis completed a milestone to move it one step closer to a targeted March launch.
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  02.07.07 - Spacecraft Set to Reach Milestone
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft.
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  02.07.07 - NASA Sets Briefing Today to Respond to Astronaut-Related Inquiries
NASA will hold two consecutive media briefings today beginning at 3 p.m. EST to address general questions from media concerning astronauts, their selection and screening, flight training and other matters.
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  02.07.07 - Hubble Mission Astronauts Media Availability Feb. 13
The space shuttle crew for a mission to extend and improve the capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope will be at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., Feb. 12-14.
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  02.06.07 - Statement Regarding the Status of Lisa Nowak
A statement from Michael Coats, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, regarding the status of astronaut Lisa Nowak.
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  02.06.07 - Briefings to Preview Next Shuttle Mission
NASA will discuss the next space shuttle mission during a day-long series of media briefings from the Johnson Space Center beginning at 8 a.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 15.
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  02.06.07 - NASA Presents Quality Awards to Teledyne and Barrios
NASA presented its highest honor for quality and technical performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies committed to innovative management, process quality and customer service.
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  02.04.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-06
For the second time in four days, two residents of the ISS stepped outside for a spacewalk to complete connecting cooling loops from a temporary to a permanent system.
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  02.02.07 - Shuttle to Move to Vehicle Assembly Building
Media are invited to witness an important milestone for the upcoming space shuttle Atlantis mission, designated STS-117.
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  02.02.07 - NASA Moon-Impactor Mission Passes Major Review
NASA's drive to return astronauts to the moon and probe deeper into space achieved a key milestone recently when agency officials approved critical elements of a moon impact mission scheduled to launch in October 2008.
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  02.01.07 - NASA to Highlight Next Space Station Component
On Tuesday, Feb 6, at 10:30 a.m. EST, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will showcase the next element to be added to the International Space Station.
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  02.01.07 - Commercial Space Transportation Capabilities Agreements Signed
On Wednesday, NASA agreed to cooperate with PlanetSpace Inc. of Chicago and Transformational Space Corp. (t/Space) of Reston, Va., to facilitate the commercialization of low-Earth orbit as they develop capabilities to transport goods and people to orbital destinations.
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  01.31.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-05
Two residents of the International Space Station stepped outside their orbital home Wednesday for spacewalk that lasted just under eight hours to begin the connection of recently activated cooling systems to their permanent locations and to conduct other station assembly work.
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  01.31.07 - NASA Awards Mechanical Systems Services Contract
NASA has selected Bastion Technologies, Inc. to provide mechanical systems engineering support for programs and projects at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
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  01.31.07 - Space Station To Grow Faster, Mark Firsts in 2007
Already spanning an acre in orbit, the International Space Station this year will grow faster in size, power, volume and mass than ever before, significantly expanding its capabilities and setting new records for humans in orbit.
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  01.31.07 - Historic Jamestown Artifact, Mementos to Fly on Shuttle
To honor early American explorers, NASA will fly into space four coins and a nearly 400-year-old artifact from historic Jamestown.
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  01.31.07 - Associate Administrators Discuss Budget Details
Beginnng at 2:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 5, NASA's mission directorate associate administrators will be available by telephone to discuss the Fiscal Year 2008 budget proposal's impact on their specific areas.
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  01.31.07 - NASA Announces Aeronautics Research Opportunities
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has amended its NASA Research Announcement to solicit additional research proposals.
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  01.30.07 - NASA Announces FY 08 Budget Press Conference
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin briefs the media about the agency's Fiscal Year 2008 budget at 1 p.m. EST, Monday, Feb. 5.
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  01.29.07 - NASA Assigns Crew for Japanese Lab and Canadian Robotics Mission
NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-123, which will deliver both the first component of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics system to the ISS.
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  01.29.07 - NASA Media Telephone Conference to Brief Hubble Problem
NASA will host a media teleconference today at 3 p.m. EST to discuss the status of a problem related to the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
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  01.29.07 - Engineers Investigate Issue on One of Hubble's Science Instruments
NASA engineers are examining a problem related to the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the agency's Hubble Space Telescope.
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  01.26.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-04
The crew is preparing for a record four spacewalks in the next month.
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  01.26.07 - Space Station Astronauts to "Swear In" Navy Sailors
Ceremony will occur Monday, Jan. 29.
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  01.25.07 - NASA and Woods Hole Linkup Connects Space and Sea Explorers
Two extreme explorers will connect in a unique call Friday, Jan. 26, linking the depths of the ocean with the heights of Earth orbit.
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  01.24.07 - NASA Creates Microscopic Technology for Webb Space Telescope
NASA engineers and scientists building the James Webb Space Telescope have created a new telescope technology that will allow the telescope to view the most distant stars and galaxies humans have ever seen.
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  01.24.07 - Media Accreditation for Next Shuttle Mission
Media accreditation is open for NASA's upcoming space shuttle mission to continue building the International Space Station.
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  01.23.07 - Briefing to Preview Series of Space Station Spacewalks
NASA will preview an unprecedented series of four spacewalks to be conducted from the ISS during the next month in a media briefing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26.
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  01.23.07 - Heads of Agency International Space Station Joint Statement
The heads of the International Space Station partners, space agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States, met at European Space Agency Headquarters in Paris, France, on January 23, 2007, to review ISS cooperation.
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  01.22.07 - Interviews With Astronauts From Recent Shuttle Flight
A month after returning from space, NASA astronauts Joan Higginbotham, a Chicago native, and Bill Oefelein, an Alaska native, are available for satellite interviews.
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  01.19.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-03
New supplies arrived at the International Space Station Friday night as an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment.
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  01.18.07 - Spacecraft to Pluto Prepares for Jupiter Encounter
New Horizons is on the doorstep of the solar system's largest planet. The spacecraft will study and swing past Jupiter, increasing speed on its voyage toward Pluto.
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  01.17.07 - THEMIS to Study Substorm Life Cycle
THEMIS is set to venture into space and help resolve the mystery of what triggers geomagnetic substorms.
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  01.12.07 - Colorado Native Flying on Next Shuttle Available for Interviews
STS-117 crew member Steven R. Swanson is available for interviews by satellite Jan. 17.
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  01.12.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-02
After a three-day holiday to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Christmas, the ISS crew spent the week preparing for the arrival of new supplies.
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  01.12.07 - Educator Astronaut to Meet Students and Media
NASA's first educator astronaut Barbara Morgan will meet with hundreds of students during "Meet an Astronaut Day" at Space Center Houston Jan. 19.
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  01.12.07 - Live Coverage for Arrival of Space Station Cargo Ship
The ISS crew will receive a new shipment of food, fuel and supplies from a Russian Progress spacecraft due to dock with the station on Friday, Jan. 19.
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  01.11.07 - Briefing to Preview Jupiter Flyby of Pluto Mission
NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 18, to preview the flight of the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft through the Jupiter system.
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  01.11.07 - NASA Media Briefing on Mission to Study Auroras
NASA will host a media teleconference on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the THEMIS mission to study auroras.
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  01.10.07 - Panel Will Study Mars Global Surveyor Events
NASA has formed an internal review board to investigate why the Mars Global Surveyor went silent in November 2006.
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  01.08.07 - NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies
Future robotic missions to Mars would allow understanding of Mars' atmosphere, climate and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before.
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  01.08.07 - Next Shuttle Crew Available for Interviews This Week
John D. Olivas, an El Paso, Texas, native, and Chicago-area native Lee Archambault, members of the next space shuttle mission, are available for interviews by satellite this week.
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  01.07.07 - Hubble Maps Cosmic Web of "Clumpy" Dark Matter
An international team of astronomers has created the first three-dimensional map of dark matter in the universe.
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  01.05.07 - NASA Extends Ares I Development Contract
NASA authorizes a $48 million contract with ATK Launch Systems to continue design and development of the first stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle.
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  01.05.07 - ISS Status Report: SS07-01
New gear helped the ISS crew kick off a new year as they prepared a second oxygen-generating system, upgraded soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacked supplies delivered by the space shuttle.
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  01.04.07 - NASA Awards Marshall Mission Services Contract
NASA has selected Hernandez Engineering, Inc. of Houston, to provide safety and mission assurance services to the Marshall Space Flight Center.
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  01.04.07 - Parsons Assumes Role as NASA's Kennedy Space Center Director
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida gets new leadership today as William W. Parsons assumes the role as the facility's ninth director, succeeding James W. Kennedy, who is retiring from the agency.
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