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Kennedy Space Center - Family ATX®– Astronaut Training Experience Is Way Cool. Kennedy Space Ceneter Florida Family ATX  AdventureSpace camp is not just for kids anymore. The Space Center now offers an immersive astronaut training for families and a chance to explore the final frontier together.

Here’s the scoop. The Family ATX®– Astronaut Training Experience® at Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Atlantic Coast offers parents a way to share in the fun of learning while having an adventure with their children. And now, families can for a true taste of space flight experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Family Astronaut Training Experience® (ATX®).
Learn by experience. The Family ATX program is a half-day program for adults and children ages 7 through 14 years of age. It provides a way for family members (yes, even grandma or grandpa) to reach for the stars in an out-of-this-world bonding experience. Designed to spark the imagination of children who may someday be future astronauts, scientists, engineers or explorers, the program promotes the science of space with an interactive family experience. Kennedy Space Center Family Adventures
Sharing the fun. Family members will be immersed in astronaut training, riding astronaut training simulators, building and launching their own rockets, and meeting a NASA astronaut. The experience culminates as participants train and work together to perform a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in a full scale orbiter mock-up with fully outfitted mission control.
Anyone can do it. Families of all types and sizes from two-parent, multi-child families to mother and daughter, father and son, and grandparent and grandchild participants may walk in the footsteps of the first man in space and discover where mankind launched to the moon. Family ATX offers a realistic look at what astronauts and mission control achieve together every time NASA launches a manned mission, and a fun way to discover what families can achieve when they work and play together.
Plan ahead. Family ATX includes ATX gear (t-shirt and hat), a class photograph with an astronaut and a graduation ceremony for successfully completing the program. Cost is $145 per participant. Due to the program’s highly interactive nature, ATX crews are small and advance reservations are required. Some height and weight restrictions apply on certain simulators.

Science really is fun. Kennedy Space Center Science CampersConsider a vacation on the Space Coast and enroll your kids to camp for a week. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) conducts week-long spring and summer day camps giving youngsters more time to experience, imagine and interact by participating in space shuttle mission simulations, tours of Kennedy Space Center and the chance to witness firsthand the everyday challenges faced by astronauts. This program is designed for children entering 2nd – 9th grades (ages 8 - 14). Editor’s note: My daughter and nephew attended space camp and loved each day and every activity. For my daughter the camp was too short and to this day she is still a stargazer. My nephew loved being part of mission control, and managed to convince his parents to send him to a second space camp in Virginia the following summer. The camp experience made a difference in their attitude toward science classes in school.  While neither of them became astronauts, they both still describe their experiences as awesome proving science is fun.    

Lunch time at NASA. One of the most popular programs at Kennedy Space Center, “Lunch With an Astronaut” gives visitors of all ages an opportunity to share a meal together and meet a veteran member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The complex opens at 9 a.m. daily but closing times vary by season. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, STAR TREKTM LIVE, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Bonus points: 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. Parking, wheelchairs, strollers and pet kennels are free of charge.

Make it happen. For additional information on ATX, call toll-free 1-877-313-2610 or visit Family ATX. For more information, call toll-free 1-866-737-5235 or visit

Location on the planet. The Space Coast stretches 72 miles along Florida's East Coast and is best known as the home of Kennedy Space Center. Just 35 miles east of Orlando, it is also offers the closest beaches away from theme parks.  Area communities include Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay.

Content & images provided by Kennedy Space Center. Comments by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor FTF. Copyright 2014.

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