NASA opens Launch Control to tourists
For the first time in more than 30 years, NASA is allowing visitors to the Kennedy Space Center access to the main Launch Control Center (LCC). The LCC is where NASA directors and engineers supervised all 152 launches for the space shuttle and Apollo programmes. It will now be available in a special LCC Tour, which includes rare access to Firing Room 4, one of the LCC's four firing rooms and the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled. Visitors will be able to see the engineers’ computer consoles and countdown clock, as well as being off ered drive-by views of the launch pad. The LCC Tour opens on 15 June and will run until the end of 2012 with a limited number of daily tours. The Kennedy Space Center is located midway between Miami and Jacksonville, on Florida's Space Coast.
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