Heroes and Legends feat the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Now Open at Kennedy Space Center

Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is now open at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Literally decades in the making, Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is now open at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.

Positioned just inside the entrance, the attraction takes guests on a journey through an awe-inspiring immersive exhibit that uses cutting-edge technology and interactive elements to introduce the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space.

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Heroes and Legends Opens at Kennedy Space Center Nov 11, 2016

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex will open their newest attraction, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex will open their newest attraction, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Literally decades in the making, the attraction will provide the emotional background and context for space exploration and the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space.

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Kennedy Space Center Announces Heroes & Legends Sponsor

Heroes and Legends Attraction to Open at Kennedy Space Center

As we get closer to the opening date for the Heroes & Legends attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, it’s been announced that The Boeing Company will be the title sponsor.

During the announcement ceremony, a ten-foot long silhouette of an X-15 rocket plane was raised to the top of the building.

The X-15, which was manufactured by a legacy Boeing company, North American Aviation, flew for nearly a decade, achieving hypersonic speeds and exploring the upper edge of the Earth’s atmosphere. Its technology contributed to the development of the historic Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

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Heroes and Legends Attraction Breaks Ground at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has broken ground on a new attraction called Heroes and Legends, which will include the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Heroes and Legends Attraction to Open at Kennedy Space Center

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 29, on the eve of this year’s 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductions, and featured many hall of fame members.

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Three Shuttle Astronauts to be Inducted to 2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in April

The 2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set for April 20 at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Three space shuttle astronauts will be honored, and it will be the first time two women will be inducted at the same time.

astrohallfamemedalEileen Collins was the first woman to pilot and command a space shuttle. As a four-time spaceflight veteran, Collins logged more than 872 hours in space and her missions include STS-63, STS-84, STS-93 and STS-114.

Bonnie Dunbar served as a shuttle mission specialist and payload commander. Dunbar logged 1,208 hours in space and her spaceflights include STS 61-A, STS-32, STS-50, STS-71 and STS-89. She also has received numerous honors, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1993 and NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal in 1998 and 1991.

Curt Brown is a veteran of six space shuttle flights. He began his career with NASA in 1987 as a pilot and has logged more than 1,383 hours in space. Brown’s missions aboard the space shuttle include STS-47, STS-66, STS-77, STS-85, STS-95 and STS-103.

The 2013 inductees were selected by a committee of current Hall of Fame astronauts, former NASA officials, flight directors, historians and journalists. The process is administered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. To be eligible, an astronaut must have made his or her first flight at least 17 years before the induction year and must be retired at least five years from the NASA astronaut corps. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, NASA-trained, commander, pilot or mission specialist and must have orbited the earth at least once.

Exact viewing details for guests haven’t been released, yet, but as soon as we find out, we’ll post it here.

For more information on the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, visit kennedyspacecenter.com.

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