Throughout April, guests are invited to join Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in celebrating 20 years of space shuttle flight.

April 12, 2001, marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of STS-1/Columbia, NASA’s first space shuttle mission and the inception of a new era of space transportation and exploration. April’s special events include:

Saturday, April 7, 2001, 12:30 p.m. ONLY
Astronaut Robert L. “Bob” Crippen, pilot of the nation’s very first space
shuttle mission, STS-1, will speak with guests at Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex’s Astronaut Encounter program.

Crippen will answer guests’ questions regarding his historic first
flight, the early days of the shuttle program, and much more.

April 1-30, 2001, 10:20 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. daily
Special showing of “Hail Columbia,” a classic IMAX® film depicting the
trials and triumphs of the heroic crew who rode this untested rocket into
space, including Pilot Bob Crippen.

April 1-30, 2001, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“Salute to the Space Shuttle” Exhibit, IMAX Theater, West Wing
Guests are invited to delve into the past, present and future of the
space shuttle program with several interactive kiosks and games,
including “Dock the Shuttle.” Guests may also take photos in an
authentic, space-flown mission specialist space shuttle seat.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place in the world where
guests may come face-to-face with an astronaut 364 days of the year. KSC
Visitor Complex is open from 9 a.m. to approximately dusk every day except
December 25 and certain launch days. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for
children ages 3-11, and includes access to all exhibits, IMAX® space films
and the KSC bus tour. The Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of
Orlando, Fla. For more information, call 321/449-4444 or visit

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