What Does NASA Do at the Kennedy Space Center?


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As of 2016, NASA primarily uses the Kennedy Space Center for launches, especially in support of the International Space Station, but the organization also runs a visitor's center. The visitor's center educates the public about space travel through exhibits, special events and a children's sleep-away camp.

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The Kennedy Space Center is a space launch facility in Orlando, Florida. NASA's Launch Services Program is located there. This service is engaged in launching unmanned satellites and robots into space on scientific missions of exploration. The center was formerly the main site for space shuttle launches, and as of 2016, the main U.S.-based site for launches in support of the International Space Station.

The center also runs an extensive program for visitors to the launch facilities. In this capacity, it operates much like a museum, with activities for families and children, exhibits related to former missions and the opportunity to engage with current astronauts. For example, as part of educating the public and encouraging young students to enter scientific fields, the center runs a week-long sleep-away camp for children.

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