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Photos and video from Kennedy Space Center

See photos and video from our family day at the Kennedy Space Center which was one of our favorite attractions during our family vacation in Orlando. With highlights like seeing the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Apollo Program, touring the launch pads and vehicle assembly building and having lunch with an astronaut, the Kennedy Space Center entertained and educated our family the entire day we were there.

Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour

Madi and her NASA Activity Book

As we got into line for our bus tour, Madison was given some crayons and a NASA activity book for kids. This activity book kept our daughter entertained throughout the tour. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Kennedy Space Center Tour Bus

This was our NASA Kennedy Space Center Tour Bus which was comfortable and more importantly, air conditioned. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center Space Shuttle Fence

As we were getting into our tour bus, I noticed the coolest space shuttle fence. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

The Vehicle Assembly Building was one of our tour stops and it was truly an impressive building. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Our Family at Kennedy Space Center NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

Our tour guide was nice enough to take a picture of each guest that wanted one in front of the VAB. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA M113 Armored Rescue Vehicle

Outside of the Vehicle Assembly Building was this M113 Armored Rescue Vehicle which was used for an emergency evacuation from the launch pads. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Crawler-Transporter and Mobile Launcher Platform

This was one of two Crawler-Transporters that has a Mobile Launcher Platform mounted on top of it. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center NASA Mobile Launch Tower

The 355-foot-tall NASA Mobile Launch Tower is being upgraded for use in the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS) and other future rocket launches. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle Monument

One of the NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle Monuments at one of our stops overlooking the launch pads of the Kennedy Space Center. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit

Space Shuttle Atlantis Building

It is not hard to find out where the Space Shuttle Atlantis building is with the full scale replica of the external tank and solid rocket boosters outside the entrance. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Space Shuttle External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters

Standing under the external tank and solid rocket boosters sure give you a respect for the power these bad boys must have put out. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle External Tank and SRB

Even as you walk the ramp to reach the upper floors of the building, the space shuttle stack outside the window still dominates and hovers over you. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Space Shuttle Movie

The movie before you enter the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit tells the story of how the Space Shuttle was conceived and the what it it took to bring it to a reality. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis in Blue Lights

As the space shuttle movie ends, the movie screen opens up and the Space Shuttle Atlantis is right in front of you. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Space Shuttle Atlantis Panorama

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed in a flight position angle that gives a great view that is usually only seen in space. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Nose

As you can see from this image, you are only a few short feet away from the shuttle when standing on the walkway. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Front View

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Front Nose View

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Payload Bay and Canadarm

With the payload bay doors open and the Canadarm extended you get a view that only was seen in space prior to this exhibit. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Tail Section

A view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis’ tail section. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Atlantis' Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME)

The rear of the Space Shuttle Atlantis with its 3 Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) also known as RS-25’s. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Tires from STS-135

The tires used on the Atlantis orbiter on the last space shuttle mission (STS-135). | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)

The Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Wall Display

A wall display honoring all of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Space Shuttle Miniature Replica

A 1/15th scale replica of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center NASA Space Shuttle Wall Mural

One of the many displays around the exhibit that educate the visitors about the space shuttle program. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Apollo / Saturn V Rocket Center

Apollo Program Launch Control Firing Room

Before we entered the Apollo / Saturn V Center, we saw a reenactment of the Apollo 8 launch at the actual consoles of the Launch Control Firing Room for the Apollo program. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Apollo 8 Firing Room Video

NASA Saturn V Rocket

As you enter the Apollo/Saturn V Center the huge 363-foot Saturn V rocket hovers above you and takes up the entire length of the building. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Saturn V F-1 Rocket Engines

The five F-1 engines give the Saturn V rocket 7.5 million pounds of thrust for the liftoff and the first stage burn of 165 seconds. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Saturn V Rocket Stage 1NASA Saturn V Rocket Stage 2NASA Saturn V Rocket Stage 3
NASA Saturn V Rocket Command and Service Module
NASA Saturn V Rocket Command Module

Man Walks on the Moon Newspapers

A display of newspapers from around the world reporting on the Apollo 11 mission that landed Man on the Moon. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Touching a Moon Rock at Kennedy Space Center

A unique experience at the Apollo/Saturn V Center is being able to touch an actual moon rock which our daughter loved. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Madi at the NASA Astronaut Van

Madi posing at the NASA Astronaut Van. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Lunch with an Astronaut

Astronaut Winston E. Scott Image

The promo image of astronaut Winston E. Scott during his introduction for our lunch. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Astronaut Winston Scott

NASA mission specialist Winston E. Scott who flew on two space shuttle missions answering questions from the guests of the Lunch with an Astronaut. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Lunch with an Astronaut Event

During our lunch we got to see a wonderful space shuttle film along with hearing from Winston Scott. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Lunch with an Astronaut Food Plate

The tasty food dish that we enjoyed from the buffet of the Lunch with an Astronaut. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Around the Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden Panorama

The Rocket Garden is where you can see the NASA Mercury-Redstone, Atlas, Titan and Saturn 1B rockets. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center F-1 Rocket Engine and Rockets

The huge F-1 rocket engine is one of five used to launch the Saturn V rocket in its first stage. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden

On the right of this picture, laying on its side, is the huge Saturn 1B rocket which is the largest rocket in the garden. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)

This is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) which is going to be launched by the Space Launch System to bring astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Dream Chaser Model

A model of the Dream Chaser, a reusable space plane being developed to take astronauts to low Earth orbit and back. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Northrop T-38 Talon Aircraft

A NASA T-38 Talon jet with the space shuttle stack in the background. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Angry Birds Space Encounter

The Eggsteroids Slingshot activity that is part of the Angry Birds Space Encounter. | Photo Courtesy of Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Memorial

An astronaut memorial plaque is a small part of the Astronaut Memorial area of the Kennedy Space Center. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

NASA Globe and Space Shuttle Stack

The NASA globe with the space shuttle stack peaking out from behind. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Read the details, get our tips and see more photos of our family day at the Kennedy Space Center. See our Orlando Tourist Map with Points of Interest for directions to the Kennedy Space Center and more family attractions around the city. For more tour information and to buy tickets, visit the Kennedy Space Center website.


We were provided media passes to the Kennedy Space Center for the purpose of reviewing it on our blog. Regardless, we would only recommend places, activities or services that we would use/visit personally and that we believe will be good for our readers.

About Joe Filipowicz

I have a passion for finding fun things to do, good restaurants and places to stay while traveling with my family and friends. Since it takes a lot of research and exploration to find these family friendly places, I wanted to share my findings with others to make it easier for them to plan their next getaway.

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