Delta IV Rocket Launches from Kennedy Space Center
Crowds from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Watch Launch from NASA Causeway
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – With a stunning spring day as the backdrop, a Delta IV rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center today at 2:36 p.m. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests experienced the amazing sights and powerful sounds of the launch from the NASA Causeway, just three miles from the launch pad.The NASA Causeway provides an up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during liftoff. NASA Causeway launch viewing allowed guests to feel shockwaves as they traveled across the Banana River and hear the roar of the launch. The location also offered live launch commentary.
Visitor Complex guests also viewed the launch from the LC-39 Observation Gantry, Apollo/Saturn V Center, and viewing areas adjacent to the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carried a Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS IIF-9. This marks the ninth launch of 12 Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS IIF series is vital to U.S. national security and it also sustains the current GPS constellations. This provides greater accuracy for navigation, improves military signal and assists with commercial aviation and search and rescue operations.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® Hubble 3D and Journey to Space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space®: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.