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space shuttle exhibit

space shuttle exhibit The Kennedy Space Station is opening their new Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit on June 29th to the general public.  Visitors of the Space Station are in for an out this world experience!  Greeting them upon entering the exhibit is the 150,000 pound Space Shuttle Atlantis hanging suspended 30 feet off the ground and tilted at a 43 degree angle.  Developers working on the exhibit wanted visitors to experience the spaceship from the perspective of an astronaut seeing it orbiting in its natural environment

The Space Shuttle Atlantis played an important part in the United State’s 30 year space exploration.  Atlantis was the last shuttle launched out of the Shuttle Program.  The Shuttle launched for its final mission on July 8, 2011 from Kennedy Space Station to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Atlantis while in space orbited the Earth 4,848 times!  

The spacecraft’s new 90,000 square foot home features 60 interactive exhibits and high tech simulators to engage its visitors.  It also features educational films and displays explaining the space programs past, including the lost of two space shuttles and 14 astronauts. Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of the Visitors Center for NASA at Cape Canaveral explains “You have to talk about all five shuttles, you can’t talk about just three.  We don’t hide behind those facts.” 

The $100 million project aims to educate the public on the level of magnitude it takes to launch a shuttle into space – from the engineering of the Space Shuttle to withstand space conditions to the thousands of scientists involved behind the scenes to make a mission successful.  The Kennedy Space Station hopes the exhibit will reignite the public’s interest in space exploration.   Especially now since NASA needs to raise $100 billion to send astronauts beyond the International Space Station.  Tickets for the exhibit are $50 for adults and $40 for children.

Dinosaur Store Cocoa Beach

Dinosaur Store Cocoa Beach“It’s raining.  It’s pouring.  The old man is snoring.” Not again – another rainy day.  Passing the time on rainy days is torturous, especially when you have a house full of mutinous rambunctious children.  Let’s face it.  Movies may work for the first rain day, but by day two parents are in trouble.  What can you do as a family when the rain prohibits outdoor activities?

Visit the Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach, FL!  The Dinosaur Store highlighted in Southern Living, is a favorite destination for families to visit in Brevard County.  It is a wonderful place for children to explore, learn and play all whilst indoors.  The Dinosaur Store exhibits one of the largest private collections of dinosaur fossils and minerals in the world.  Visitors of the Dinosaur Store have the unique opportunity to see first hand dinosaur eggs, teeth and claw fossils.  They can also pan for minerals.  But there is more than just fossils that lies within the Dinosaur Store.  

The Dinosaur Store hosts the Adventure Zone.  The Adventure Zone is a fun, interactive educational place for children to play, think, and learn.  The Adventure Zone features the Wild Nile River Ride, a (dry) simulator ride that gives patrons a taste of what it would be like to ride down the real Nile River in Egypt.  Along with the Wild Nile, children are encouraged to solve dinosaur puzzles, play video arcade games, hop on simulator bikes, and ultimately just have fun! 

And if that is not entertaining enough for say your “too cool” teenagers, there is always the Reptile Run.  The Reptile Run is home to several alligators, turtles, snakes, toads and even one African dwarf crocodile named Akila.   All visitors have the chance to meet these 25 live reptiles housed at the Dinosaur Store. 

Admission to the Adventure Zone is $8.00 for children (2 and up) and $6.00 for adults (16 and up).  Admission is free for children under 2 years old.  Riding the Wild Nile and panning for minerals are extra services and are not included in the admission price, but are very reasonably priced.  To ride the Wild Nile costs $2.83 and panning for minerals is an additional $6.00.

Rain or shine, the Dinosaur Store offers families a fun day of learning and playing.  It sure beats another monotonous day of movie watching.  Plus it gets the whole family out of the house and spending quality time together.  Now isn’t that what it is all about?  For parents, the Dinosaur Store checks all the right boxes.