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Heroes & Legends and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® to Open at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex November 11, 2016

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Media News Release from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

With all the drama of an actual trip to space, guests of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be greeted with a dramatic sense of arrival when the new Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® opens on November 11, 2016. Positioned just inside the entrance, the attraction will set the stage for a richer park experience by providing the emotional background and context for space exploration and the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space.

Through engaging storytelling, guests will embark on an awe-inspiring journey that begins with an immersive exhibit designed to spark thought and discussion about how society defines a hero. Then, through cutting-edge technology, interactive elements and engaging exhibits, visitors will be introduced to the heroes of the NASA space program: the pioneers who worked together to make space exploration possible.

“We’ve been focusing on a story to create what we consider a ‘launch pad’ for our visitors that really sets the stage for their full-day experience here,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “The opportunity to learn about the amazing attributes of our heroes behind the transformative and historical events that have shaped the way we look at space, the world and the future, will not only entertain and inspire guests, but lay the groundwork for their interactions throughout the rest of the visitor complex with our other attractions and space experiences. We are here to inspire minds through a memorable space experience and this new attraction will be a phenomenal introduction.”

Designed by Falcon’s Treehouse, an award winning design firm based in Orlando, Florida, the sleek architecture and sweeping ramp entrance will simulate the journey to the stars, featuring a slingshot maneuver through the Rocket Garden. The deliberate architectural design for the new building is meant to celebrate spacecraft throughout history and into the future. Separated into three distinct experiences, plus the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Heroes & Legends will offer:

The goal is for visitors to leave both attractions with a renewed sense of pride and a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of the qualities of heroism represented by NASA’s pioneering astronauts, and why they deserve our admiration and respect.

Heroes come from all walks of life, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex wants everyone to get involved in sharing what heroism means to them. In ways both big and small, heroes make an unforgettable impact – and change the world for the better. The public is invited to submit a video for possible inclusion in the Heroes and Legends attraction by posting video on a social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #KSCHero. Follow the guidelines for Who is Your Hero? video submissions here: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/misc/hero-video-contest.

Construction on Heroes & Legends began in fall 2015 after the new attraction was first announced at the 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

For more information or to book a visit, go to www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.