Angry Birds attraction launches at Kennedy Space Center

Published On: Mar 12 2013 09:47:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2013 07:09:48 AM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

Angry Birds are getting their taste of space.

The creator of the Angry Bird franchise is helping to bring an interactive attraction to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

The Angry Birds Space Encounter attraction hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning.

The attraction, which takes up almost 4,500 square feet at the visitor complex, features an appearance by astronaut Don Pettit, as well as the usual Angry Birds characters.

There are six interactive stations that bring Angry Birds space to life, as visitors can slingshot egg-steroids and take on the Red Planet Lazer Challenge.

The idea for the attraction originated from another kind of bird that runs social media. A tweet sent from NASA to the Angry Birds developer, Rovio Entertainment, said, "Hey @RovioMobile, our computers are a bit better than they were in '69. We might be able to help you launch birds if you find pigs in space," and spurred a conversation between the two.

"Kids will love interacting with their favorite Angry Birds Space characters, while parents will appreciate that their children are enjoying the learning experience," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the KSC Visitor Complex.