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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | ()

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

The future may be bright, but for it to take flight, the VAB must go dark to tourists. Tickets for tours are for sale on the Kennedy Space Center website, for dates up to February 11. It's not cheap at $75 per adult ($59 per child), but it does include an awful lot for the money:

· Tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building with an expert guide
· Stop for a panoramic view of the launch pads from the NASA Causeway
· Stop for a photo op at the Apollo/Saturn V Center
· Admission to the Space Shuttle Atlantis display
· Shuttle Launch experience
· "Angry Birds" Space Encounter
· General bus tour around Kennedy Space Center
· IMAX 3D films
· Admission to the Astronaut Hall of Fame

When one door closes, another door opens. Although the VAB closes to the public this year, in 2015 the shuttle-carrying Boeing 747 is due to open. Yeah, we're already kinda excited.

[Photo: Kennedy Space Center]

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