Kennedy Space Center guests can see launch, Legos, Bill Nye

Editor's note: NASA has pushed the planned launch to 10:02 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26.


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


Mars Science Laboratory mission, is scheduled for 10:02 a.m.

To make reservations, go to


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


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


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.