‘Next Great Leap’: Kennedy Space Center announces events to celebrate Artemis missions

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced special programs and events beginning next week to celebrate NASA’s Artemis missions to return humans to the moon.

The event, titled “Artemis: Next Great Leap,” kicks off Monday and will include scavenger hunts, dance parties, the chance to hear from industry experts and astronauts and more for the whole family, the visitor complex announced.

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Here is a breakdown of what’s planned:

  • “Artemis Scavenger Hunt”: Guests can pick up a mission manual at the information desk or the space shop and answer questions about NASA’s next giant leap during visits to six information stations throughout the visitor complex. Each station will feature a short video that corresponds with questions in the manual, and guests will receive a sticker when they select the correct answer. After all answers are completed, explorers can return to information to collect a Mission Success reward.
  • “Artemis Short Film Festival”: The series of shorts will explore key elements of upcoming Artemis missions, featuring everything from ground support to launch services.

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  • “Artemis: From Shuttle to SLS”: Veteran astronaut Norm Thagard will discuss the upcoming mission on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veteran NASA astronaut Mike Mullane will also host a similar talk on July 24 at 3 p.m.
  • “Women in Space”: Under Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the moon. Veteran astronaut Nicole Stott will lead a discussion and give visitors the chance to learn more about NASA’s plans and the influence that the former space programs have in the “next giant leap” on July 26 at 3 p.m.

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  • “Hear from the Experts”: Guests will listen to Artemis engineers, managers and communicators as they provide updates and engage in a Q&A session on July 27 and July 28 at 1 p.m.
  • “Artemis: Next Giant Leap Block Party”: Guests can dance along as a DJ spins out-of-this-world tunes starting at 1 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1.

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All events are included with daily admission to the visitor complex.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.