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Glenn Immortalized in New Kennedy Space Center Museum

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Glenn Immortalized in New Kennedy Space Center Museum

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Story courtesy of U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A blast of colors lit up the sky at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida above the new Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing. The spirited pyrotechnics display marked the opening of the new attraction, which was attended by more than 25 veteran and current NASA astronauts, including revered Gemini and Apollo space program astronauts Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell and Thomas Stafford. They were joined by the adult children of the late-astronauts Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong, as well as representatives from NASA, The Boeing Company and Delaware North.

Designed to be the first stop upon entering Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Heroes & Legends uses the early years of the space program to explore the concept of heroism, including those exhibited by John Glenn, and the qualities that define the individuals who inspired their generation. The 37,000-square-foot, retro-fitted building marries cutting-edge technology with mesmerizing special effects, priceless artifacts and thought-provoking exhibits.

"The opening of Heroes & Legends marks a true milestone for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex," said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer. "Heroes & Legends offers the opportunity to learn about the amazing attributes of our heroes behind the transformative and historical events that have shaped the way we look at space, the world and the future. It will not only entertain and inspire guests, but lay the groundwork for their interactions throughout the other amazing attractions to create memorable space experiences."

Heroes & Legends is separated into three distinct experiences, plus the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame:

In the stunning 360-degree discovery bay, What is a Hero?, guests explore how society defines heroism through diverse perspectives. Each examination of heroism starts with the following questions: What is a hero; Who are the heroes of our time; and What does it take to be a hero? During the seven-minute presentation, the historic beginning of the space race is acknowledged as the impetus for America's push to the stars in NASA's early years and the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. …

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