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4 Destinations for Space-Loving Kids

by Holly Riddle

May 5, 2019

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Do you have a family member (or maybe that family member is you!) with a keen interest in outer space? Plan a space tourism-centric vacation this summer to one of the most out-of-this-world destinations in the country.

 

Kennedy Space Center

The number of visitors to the Kennedy Space Center is growing, so much so that now it receives more visitors per year than it did even during the space shuttle era. Learn about the heroes and legends of NASA, access historic launch sites, see working facilities and try out the Shuttle Launch Experience before you go. Plus, get all your questions answered on where NASA is headed next.

 

National Air and Space Museum

If your family loves all things air and space, there’s no better place to go than the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. This free attraction features a wealth of exhibitions that includes Milestones of Flight, Cold War Aviation, Aerobatic Flight, Business Aviation and more. See how air and space travel influenced modern society and history. You’ll also be right in the heart of D.C., so your family will likewise have easy access to the rest of the city’s great, free, family-friendly activities.

 

Space Flight Operations Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, CA

Space Flight Operations Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, CA . Photo: Christopher Halloran – Dreamstime.com

 

The Jet Propulsion Lab

A little less well-known, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in California offers guided tours (but you’ll want to get on the waiting list now!). This is the leading center in the United States for robotic exploration. It manages nearly 20 spacecraft and 10 major instruments, many currently carrying out astronomy missions throughout the solar system. Free public tours are limited and guests are treated to an overview of the lab’s accomplishments and work, as well as a visit to the space flight operations facility and the spacecraft assembly facility.

 

New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame

Alamogordo, New Mexico, is known as the cradle of the American space program, as extensive testing was conducted at the nearby White Sands Missile Range. The museum and hall of fame added new exhibits and interactive displays and last year hit a six-year visitor high. Exhibits cover topics like rocket testing after World War II and the Space Shuttle Columbia. Explore the future of space history as well; NASA’s new launch escape system is currently being tested at White Sands Missile Range and White Sands Space Harbor is the planned landing site for the Boeing Starliner spacecraft.

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