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The Holiday Inn Melbourne being located on Space Coast provides our visitors with an experience unlike any other. Tourists and space enthusiasts from all over travel to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center. The Holiday Inn Melbourne is conveniently located just 15 minutes away from the Kennedy Space Center. A trip to the Kennedy Space Center is perfect for visitors of all ages. No matter what you’re in town for, you shouldn’t miss this stop during your visit.

History of the Kennedy Space Center 

Space travel has captivated audiences across the world for decades. At the heart of American space travel is the Kennedy Space Center. The Kennedy Space Center allows you to experience the location of one of the most important moments in American history. The Kennedy Space Center has been the primary launch center of NASA since 1968. In 1969, the Kennedy Space Center was the launch site of Apollo 11, the first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon. Only twelve people have been to the moon, with all of them being launched from the Kennedy Space Center. In addition to the Apollo flights, it has also been the launch site of every human space flight in the United States since 1968. At the Kennedy Space Center, you can see exhibits focused on the Apollo Program with spacesuits used on the mission and moon rock that was brought back. This is a truly unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.  

The KSC has a long history of hosting some of the most important space travel events. To gain a better understanding of the role the Kennedy Space Center has played in human space exploration. During your visit, you can take a trip through the history of the space program. Starting in 1958 with one of the original Mercury capsules from the Mercury Space Program and ending with present-day endeavors. 

Astronaut Hall of Fame

Becoming an astronaut is something only a small amount of people across the world will get to do. Astronauts have to go through rigorous training to prepare for difficult missions. They also have to deal with the emotional obstacles that come along with space travel, including understanding the risks that can occur. Astronauts live some of the most interesting lives, so the fascination surrounding them and their sacrifices is not a surprise. The Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center shines a light on the astronauts who have achieved what everyone at one point believed was impossible. 

The first inductees into the Hall of Fame were the crew of Mercury 7 in 1990. Each year, a new group of astronauts is inducted into the Hall of Fame. To be inducted, an astronaut must have completed their first flight at least 17 years prior to their induction and needs to have orbited the earth at least once. The Astronaut Hall of Fame is a great opportunity to learn the more personal side of space travel. 

Rocket Garden

One spot in the Kennedy Space Center everyone should include on their trip is the rocket garden, which pays tribute to the work that went into rockets during America’s early space programs. The rocket garden features 8 towering rockets that are one of the most identifiable features of the Kennedy Space Center. There are also guided tours of the rocket garden available. Rockets included in the display are Delta, Saturn 1B, Juno I, Juno II, Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas, Atlas-Agena, and Gemini-Titan II. The modern-era rocket, Delta II is also planned to join the collection, making it the first new addition since the early 2000s.

IMAX Theater

Visiting the Kennedy Space Center can be a long day and the IMAX theater provides the perfect break. Three films are shown daily in the theater and are included with admission. The films are all 3D, so you get the most realistic depiction of traveling through space. Snacks and drinks are also available before the movie begins.

Rocket Launches

Rocket launches aren’t an everyday occurrence, but they’re the reason many make the trip to the KSC. If you’re in town during a rocket launch, you should schedule your visit to the Kennedy Space Center so that you get the chance to watch it up close and personal. A rocket launch is the highlight of many people’s trips to the Space Coast and creates lifelong memories. 

Astronaut Encounters

Many people don’t think they’ll ever get to meet an astronaut in real life, but there are often astronauts talking to guests at the Kennedy Space Center. When you visit the Kennedy Space Center, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see an astronaut. Every day, visitors get the opportunity to listen to real NASA astronauts speak about their experiences living and working in space. Hearing from an astronaut in person is sure to give you stories you won’t get anywhere else.