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July 22, 2019 Launch Time: 7:15 PM EDT

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 18

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 20th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 18th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

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Florida’s Space Coast has long been our nation’s gateway to exploring, discovering & understanding our universe. With more launches happening now than ever before, now is the time to witness a marvel. View our launch schedule & join us during this new era of space discovery.

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Go Beyond a Rocket Launch Experience on Florida’s Space Coast

Just because it’s called the Space Coast, doesn’t mean the only fun activities here have to involve rocket launches! Have you ever wonder what other exciting, lesser known activities the area offers? Read below and you may just find your new favorite activity to enjoy when visiting Florida’s Space Coast.

 

Beautiful Beaches

This area may be known for its connection to the cosmos, but did you know that the Space Coast is also world-renowned for its amazing beaches? There’s 72 miles of coastline to explore here. From serene beaches down in Melbourne Beach to amenity driven in Cocoa Beach and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, there’s no shortage of fun at these beaches.

You can catch some waves and become the next Kelly Slater at the Ron Jon Surf School, watch baby sea turtles hatch, or just have a relaxing day catching some rays and enjoying the water. There are also tons of options to go fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and other fun beach-related activities.

 

The Nationally-Ranked Brevard Zoo

Where else can you see wildlife animals, kayak through exhibits, and ride on zip lines all in the same place? The Brevard Zoo has a little bit of everything for everyone. Kayak through an African-inspired jungle, let giraffes eat from your hand, pet animals and encounter more than 650 animals during your journey through the zoo. Plus, take part in Treetop Trek, an aerial obstacle course that combines tightropes, crab walk, jungle bridges, nets and zip lines. This activity will allow you to experience nature and see animals from an exciting view. Named one of the top 30 zoos in the nation, you’ll never experience wildlife this close up anywhere else on the Space Coast.

 

Nature Viewing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary that offers nature enthusiasts and visitors a place to explore and see animals, birds and plants native to the Space Coast region. It is considered a “gateway site” for the Great Florida Birding Trail.

The refuge has more than 140,000 acres providing a habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. Visitors can also do activities like bird watching, manatee watching, fishing and hunting in specific seasons.

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Okay, so you might not completely get away from rocket related activities here; it is the Space Coast after all! Visit the only place on Earth where you can see a real Saturn V moon rocket, train like an astronaut in spaceflight simulators, see the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and meet veteran astronauts.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. and the infamous bus tours start at 10 a.m. Ticket prices include the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, the Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D films in the IMAX theater, and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Come see all that the Space Coast has to offer. Request a free vacation planner today!

Boeing CST-100 Starliner

Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The Starliner was designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit. For NASA service missions to the International Space Station, it will carry up to four NASA-sponsored crew members and time-critical scientific research. The Starliner has an innovative, weldless structure and is reusable up to 10 times with a six-month turnaround time. It also features wireless internet and tablet technology for crew interfaces.

United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

The Atlas V family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) represents ULA’s commitment to enhanced competitive launch services for the U.S. government. Since their debut in August 2002, Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success in launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. and Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

SpaceX Falcon 9

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability. Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events — and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

SpaceX Dragon

Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations. Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by governments. It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.

United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium

The Delta IV Medium is the most basic Delta IV rocket. Launched from Complex 37 Florida’s Space Coast, it is capable of delivering 4,200kg of payload to orbit. The Delta family of rockets are built by Boeing and operated by the United Launch Alliance for commercial launches, military missions, and NASA flights.

United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy

The Delta IV family of launch vehicles combines design simplicity, manufacturing efficiency, and streamlined mission and vehicle integration to meet customer requirements to launch high-priority U.S. Air Force (USAF), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, and commercial payloads to orbit. With operational launch pads on both coasts every Delta IV configuration is available to service the requirements of current and future satellite programs.

United Launch Alliance Atlas V 400 Series

The Atlas V family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) represents ULA’s commitment to enhanced competitive launch services for the U.S. government. Since their debut in August 2002, Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success in launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. and Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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