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Historic Event Adds Excitement to Holiday Celebration at KSC

KSC LaunchTheme parks are a great way to add excitement to any holiday vacation in Central Florida, but when a historical event takes place at the same time, the excitement launches to a new level…literally. Tomorrow’s launch of a Delta IV rocket is the first spaceflight for NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. Orion will take humans farther into space than they’ve ever gone before!

Not only is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex all decked out for the holidays, it is also filled with camera crews, special interactive displays, models of Mars and Orion, as well as special guests. Correspondents, experts and writers will be providing tourists with an insight into their experiences as they cover past launches and this historic event. Rarely do you get to have an experience like this and have it included in regular admission!

If you want to spend an additional $20 to get closer to the launch, you’ll have to get up very early. Buses begin transporting guests at 3:00 a.m. (until 6:00 a.m.) for the Apollo/Saturn V Center where the launch pad is just a few miles away. At this special viewing location, you’ll experience the powerful sights and sounds of the historic launch. View the live launch countdown and hear commentary from NASA experts. Even at the Visitor Complex viewing location (included with admission), the coverage will be extensive.

After the early morning launch (schedule for December 4, 7:04 a.m.) enjoy all the attractions this theme park has to offer. A 41-foot Christmas tree and Holiday Rocket Garden Light Show are just a few of the extras you’ll enjoy during the holiday season. There is plenty to do and see during the 4.5-hour Orion flight. Coverage will continue as the spacecraft reenters Earth’s atmosphere at speeds near 20,000 mph! Orion will land in the Pacific Ocean where the U.S. Navy and NASA will recover the spacecraft.

If you plan to visit KSC later in December, there is plenty of exciting things to see and do. From December 22-31, a 3-D projection mapping presentation will be shown on the side of the 223-foot-long Saturn 1B rocket. The show takes guests through NASA history, including the first launches to the moon, the space shuttle program, assembly of the International Space Station and other developments. Then from December 26-31, a Holiday Laser Light Spectacular will be shown at dusk.

Always check the KSC web site for details concerning a launch. The date, time, and viewing opportunities are always subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. The mission is not without risks. View this video to see what NASA is up against during this amazing launch!

While we enjoy the holiday season, hopefully NASA will be busy gathering all of the information collected during this exciting holiday launch. Perhaps its next voyage will include a crew! These journeys certainly fill the need for peace and hope for humankind. Go Orion!!

Orlando Science Center – Light Shows & Bright Skies

There is a lot going on at the Orlando Science Center. As one of America’s top hands-on science centers they are constantly providing interactive learning and discovery through hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. During the winter and holiday season, the Orlando Science Center revives its seasonal nighttime star-gazing sessions at its Crosby Observatory. They have also added holiday-themed laser-light show on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome.

The Crosby Observatory (the silver-dome atop the Orlando Science Center) houses Florida’s largest refractor telescopes available to the public. On the first and third Saturday through Saturday, February 18  from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky through their telescopes. Observe moons, planets and other astronomical special events during evening sky watches and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. Astronomy experts and volunteers are on hand to make sure you get the best view possible. In addition to the spectacular sky watching, you may also enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline.

The observatory’s admission price is $7 for everyone (regular admission is usually $17 for adults, $12 kids). These tickets only provide access to the observatory (the rest of the Science Center is closed during skywatching hours – from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). Observatory is free for Science Center members.

The holiday-themed laser-light show is projected onto the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome, and will run daily through Jan. 8. Popular musical favorites such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Christmastime.” Other featured artists include Mariah Carey, Enya, Randy Travis, James Galway, Eurythmics, Burl Ives, Nat King Cole and more. Show times vary, but tend to run around 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.  The holiday laser light show is included in regular Science Center admission which is $17 adult and $12 ages 3-11.

For more information about the Orlando Science Center, go to www.osc.org or call 407-514-2000. On evenings you are not star gazing, and you’d like to be entertained by some “stars” from the 1930’s, we’d like to invite you and your gang to Capone’s Dinner & Show. We’re open every day of the year and through New Year’s Eve, we are presenting our special holiday show! It’s a great time of the year for an evening out at our Orlando dinner show. Get your tickets half price by ordering them online.