Kennedy Space Center opens new attraction

Cosmic Quest launched at Visitor Complex

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex held a grand opening Thursday for its newest attraction.

Cosmic Quest gives young "trainees" the chance to experience new interactive live-action games, all of which are focused on space adventures.

"The children can learn, explore and really interact with real NASA missions and hopefully inspire them to be our next generation of explorers," said Chief Operating Officer Therrin Protze.

Trainees will be able to experience a rocket launch, start a new colony on Mars, capture an asteroid and see what it's like to live on the International Space Station.

At Thursday's grand opening, middle school students from four Central Florida counties teamed up with retired astronauts to complete the missions.

"I see the technology that's being developed here. I'm probably going to do some engineering job maybe," said sixth grade student Elijah Huyck.

The missions with Cosmic Quest are designed to immerse young visitors in a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) adventures.

As a STEM teacher at Teague Middle School in Altamonte Springs, Chelsea Holloway said the experience could be life changing for her students.

"This may change the course of their career.  This may inspire them to do something along the lines of space and science," said Holloway.

The Cosmic Quest experience costs $24.95, in addition to daily admission.  The price includes a custom astronaut badge good for one year access to all of the missions.