The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has begun moving forward with their plans to open a new attraction “Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.” On Friday May 29th, 2015, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Kennedy Space Center Director, Bob Cabana took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Space Center’s upcoming attraction, “Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame”
This exciting new attraction will help illustrate and bring to vibrant life the stories of America’s pioneering space heroes through interactive special effects and thrilling experiences allowing guests to virtually interact with nearly 100 astronauts through there thrilling and compelling real life space adventures.
The new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will serve as the culminating element of the attraction, allowing guests to interact virtually with nearly 100 astronaut heroes.
On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, the Kennedy Space Center also featured this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with four shuttle astronauts being inducted, which now marks a total of 91 members in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame .
Addressing a crowd of hundreds at the Saturday evening induction ceremony, NASA administrator Charles Bolden reverently said, “You have our deepest respect for what you achieved in space,” as he and all in attendance honored John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon, on the Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary.
Saturday also saw a good deal of fun and festivity at The Kennedy Space Center as fans, family, friends and space enthusiasts from all over the world gathered to celebrate the weekends honored Astronaut inductees along with 30 other attending astronauts under the space shuttle Atlantis, such as Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, one of only 24 men to have traveled to the moon. Also in attendance were Dick Covey, pilot on the return to flight mission after the Challenger accident, along with Frank Culbertson and Bob Crippen, just to name a few.
Special thanks to Torie Varkett, Lissa Brown O’Rouke and Livia C. Ferreira DaSilva for their participation and updates on this amazing event.