We sent a busload of Magic Listeners to Kennedy Space Center today for a special one-of-a-kind experience to walk alongside Shuttle Atlantis as it made it's last journey to it's final home. Now, you too have a special opportunity to go see it too! See below:
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Offers Rare Opportunity
For Guests to View Atlantis Inside its New Home
“Sneak-a-Peek” for a Limited Time, Nov. 3-11
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2012) – Beginning Saturday and continuing through Nov. 11, visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will have a limited opportunity to see Space Shuttle Atlantis inside its new home.
Atlantis was set to arrive today at the visitor complex from Kennedy Space Center and begin its new mission as the dramatically displayed centerpiece of a $100 million exhibit scheduled to open in July 2013. Atlantis is scheduled to be moved inside the 90,000-square-foot exhibit building, which has been under construction since January.
Guests will be able to “Sneak-a-Peek” at the orbiter as part of regular admission to the visitor complex.
Construction will pause on weekends and weekday afternoons to allow visitors to have an up-close and personal look at Atlantis. A Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tour guide will escort guests through the construction zone, provide information about the orbiter’s new home, and allow guests to take pictures and pose within the secured area.
“We are excited to offer this rare opportunity for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex patrons,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We know they will cherish seeing Atlantis in this unique setting before construction is completed and the exhibit is unveiled to the world next July.”
The “Sneak-a-Peek” tour of Atlantis in its new exhibit building will be offered:
•Nov. 3, 4 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•Nov. 5 to 9 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
•Nov. 10, 11 – 2 p.m. to 5.p.m.
Over the next month, Atlantis will be raised 36 feet off the ground and rotated about 43 degrees so that it will be showcased on an angle as if it were in space – only as the astronauts from its 33 missions have had a chance to see it. When it is displayed, its payload bay doors will be open and the Canadarm (robotic arm) extended.
Work will resume to enclose Atlantis in the exhibit building by completing construction of the final wall, which is expected by mid-December. Atlantis will be encapsulated in a protective wrap before that work begins.
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts has operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA since 1995. The Atlantis exhibit was designed by PGAV Destinations, architects headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. The Atlantis exhibit building is being constructed by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Orlando. The six-story exhibit is being built adjacent to the existing Shuttle Launch Experience.
A work of art in itself, the exterior of the Atlantis exhibit features two sweeping architectural elements, or “wings” representing the space shuttle’s launch and return. The outer layer of the building, which is being cloaked in iridescent hues of orange and gold, represents the fiery-glow of re-entry. The taller, internal wing of the building is being covered in a shimmering tile pattern in varying tones of gray designed to represent the tiled underside of the orbiter.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $63 + tax for adults and $53 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
After you raid the kids Halloween candy, you can burn some of it off watching a scary movie!
Think about it -- when you watch a scary movie your heart races, your muscles tense, and you’ll occasionally scream and reach out to grab the one close to you. You could lose up to 200 calories.
Researchers tested the theory against some of the classic fright flicks. Here are the top calorie-burning scary movies:
•The Shining (184 calories)
•Jaws (161 calories)
•The Exorcist (158 calories)
•Alien (152 calories)
•Saw (133 calories)
•Paranormal Activity (111 calories)
•The Blair Witch Project (105 calories)
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On a more serious note, you can contribute to help those in need by clicking here to go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief page.
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Great performance last night! Check it out...and click here to watch clips from her iHeartRadio album release party with Ryan Seacrest.
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