Atlas V Rocket to Launch from Kennedy Space Center

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Atlas V Rocket, holding a tracking and data relay satellite, is expect to launch on Thursday. The rocket will blast off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a launch window from 9:05 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. EST.

The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. 

Before the launch, guests can explore the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. They also have on display a 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence.

Two viewing experiences are available for the Jan. 23 launch.

The “Nighttime Launch Viewing Experience” is $30 + tax for adults and children and includes entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex beginning at 4 p.m. and the opportunity to enjoy Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, an IMAX space film and Early Space Exploration, plus transportation to and viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

The “Visit All Day, Launch At Night Experience” is $20 + tax for launch viewing at the Apollo/Saturn V Center for adults and children 3-11 years in addition to regular Visitor Complex admission. Regular admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 +tax admission for children 3-11.

A limited number of launch viewing tickets are available and the night launch is expected to sell out. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 877-404-3822.