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.
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.
Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were (shown in photo below, right to left): Dan Brandenstein, chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s board of directors and hall of fame astronaut; Bob Cabana, director of John F. Kennedy Space Center and hall of fame astronaut; Charlie Bolden, NASA administrator and hall of fame astronaut; Jim Houser, president of the parks and resorts business of Delaware North, which operates the Visitor Complex for NASA; Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; and Cheryl Hurst, director, communication and public engagement for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Heroes and Legends not only will bring to life the stories of America’s pioneering astronauts, but also invite guests to experience the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest missions through high-tech elements and special effects, that will include simulated holograms and augmented reality.
Inside the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, guests can use interactive features to learn about nearly 100 astronaut heroes.
But the highlight of Heroes and Legends is a 3D omnidirectional theater, designed to make guests feel as though they are floating in the vastness of space. Stunning images will envelope them as legendary astronauts, including Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Jim Lovell and Neil Armstrong, invite them to join in their epic journeys into the vast unknown.
“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the groundbreaking for Heroes and Legends featuring the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, we not only celebrate NASA’s rich history but also look toward the future of space exploration,” said Charlie Bolden, NASA administrator. “This attraction promises to bridge the gap between the trailblazers of the past and those who will write the next chapter of space travel.”
Heroes and Legends is scheduled to open in 2016. For more information, visit kennedyspacecenter.com.
In the meantime, check out this artist rendering video that will show you a bit about the attraction (sorry no sound):
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