NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is going to end behind-the-scenes tours of the huge Vehicle Assembly Building where space vehicles -- from the first Saturn V rocket in the 1960s to the last space shuttle Atlantis flight in 2011 -- were prepared for launch.
Tours stop Feb. 11 as the building is transformed into a working site for new Space Launch Systems vehicles in the future, the space center visitor complex in Titusville announced Tuesday.
For the next few weeks, the three-hour KSC Up-Close VAB Tour (which includes general admission to the visitor complex) costs $75 for adults, $59 for children 3 to 11. It features:
--A guided tour inside the VAB, as it's called, which covers eight acres;
--A stop at the NASA Causeway to see to a view of all the launch pads;
--The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour;
--Exhibits on the space shuttle Atlantis and the Shuttle Launch Experience;
--The Angry Birds Space Encounter;
--IMAX 3-D films; and more.
The VAB turned 50 last year. It has 456-foot-high bay doors to accommodate cranes and hoists needed to move, process and stack rocket stages. The Space Center has taken tourists inside the building since November 2011.