Florida’s Kennedy Space Center has introduced an unprecedented permanent exhibit dedicated to Blue Origin, the space endeavor spearheaded by Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos. Nestled within the Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, this cutting-edge exhibit invites visitors into a meticulously crafted replica of Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule, marking a historic milestone for the space company.
Embark on a Virtual Odyssey Above the Kármán Line
This immersive exhibit, driven by authentic data and imagery, faithfully replicates the New Shepard rocket’s odyssey beyond the Kármán Line—the universally acknowledged boundary of space. Revealed by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Travel + Leisure, the showcase leverages virtual reality headsets to transport enthusiasts on a simulated journey, complete with interactive zero gravity indicators, seat shakers, and immersive audio components.
Accessibility and Inclusivity
The capsule itself stands as a “near-perfect replica,” thoughtfully adjusted for accessibility. The exhibit features a handicap-accessible flight seat and an external VR headset, ensuring that all visitors, regardless of mobility, can partake in this captivating experience.
Beyond Boundaries: Sending Postcards to Space
In a unique offering, space enthusiasts can “send a postcard to space aboard one of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rockets,” as disclosed by the Kennedy Space Center.
Blue Origin’s Pioneering Human Flights
Reflecting on Bezos’ groundbreaking 2021 human flights on the New Shepard rocket, the exhibit commemorates a 10-minute mission that breached the Kármán Line, reaching a height of approximately 66.5 miles. Passengers, including Bezos, relished approximately four minutes of weightlessness during this historic voyage.
Celebrate the Holidays with a Stellar Touch
Beyond the celestial journey, the Kennedy Space Center invites visitors to revel in the holiday spirit. From December 15 to December 30, a nighttime projection mapping show narrates the tale of a shooting star-turned-snowflake, while the new Rocket Tree Trail and festive decor add an enchanting layer to the space center’s holiday celebrations.