The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host several activities tied to next week's launch of an Atlas V 541 rocket heading to Mars.
Guests can reserve spots at designated location to see the Nov. 26 launch for $20, which is in addition to regular complex admission ($43 general, $33 ages 3-11). Or guests can watch the launch from the visitor complex for the cost of regular admission. The launch, part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is scheduled for 10:02 a.m.
To make reservations, go to www.kennedyspacecenter.com or call 866-737-5235.
Beginning Nov. 21, the attraction will feature a new Mars Rover Exhibit with three full-size rover models from the jet Propulsion Laboratory: Soujourner, Mars Exploration Rover and the car-sized Curiosity, which will be aboard the rocket that launches Nov. 25. The exhibit will be location in the Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted area, and it will be in place through March.
Guests there Nov. 22-26 may participate in the Lego Build the Future play area, where they can build Lego-based creations.
Bill Nye (as in "Bill Nye the Science Guy") will speak about the Mars mission and Curiosity rover at the IMAX Theatre on Nov. 25. His presentations will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Seating will be first-come, first-serve.
On Nov. 25-26, guests may participate in the Scientists in Action webcast and ask questions to Mars scientists.