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The Best Photo & Selfie Spots at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

With the click of a button, you can have a souvenir from your time at Kennedy Space Center Visor Complex to keep with you forever.

Photos are a given when visiting any major attraction. And while you’re at the visitor complex, you’ll become a shutterbug yourself with all the photo and selfie opportunities we have around every corner!

We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to capture a quick photo during your visit. Check it out below!

NASA Meatball

Before you even pass through the visitor complex gate, you’ll come upon your first photo opportunity. Our giant NASA insignia, or “meatball,” greets guests as they begin their day and is the perfect spot to nab your first photo or selfie. During the holiday season, the meatball iconic insignia takes on a festive shape as a giant NASA ornament.

Planet Play Wall

This colorful wall located just outside the entrance of Orbit Cafe is arguably the most Instagrammable location across the entire visitor complex. Brightly colored, 3D planets adorn the purple wall of Planet Play. Your photos will really pop with this location as your backdrop – no filter necessary!

Planet Wall

Also just outside Orbit Cafe, and kitty-corner to the colorful Planet Play, is our also-colorful Planet Wall. Enhanced images of all eight of our solar system’s planets, plus the Sun and Earth’s Moon, are displayed. The images were captured by the Chandra X-ray telescope, Hubble Space telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.

Moon Tree Garden

The Moon Tree Garden is the perfect place to relax and reflect on the incredible achievements of humankind. It’s also a powerful photo op.

Amid 12 second-generation trees that are direct descendants of seeds taken to the Moon and represent the 12 crewed Apollo missions is a one-of-a-kind-bronze statue of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The statue was created by sculptors George Lundeen, Mark Lundeen and Joey Bainer. It is on loan to the visitor complex from Rocket Mortgage® by Quicken Loans.

Space Person

Our very own spaceperson is always up for a high-five or hug and makes for a fun photo! Catch them throughout the day just outside Journey to Mars.

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Before you even walk inside Space Shuttle Atlantis®, you can’t miss the giant photo op looming over you. Outside the entrance is a mighty full-scale space shuttle stack of two solid rocket boosters and orange external tank. Get a photo with the Space Shuttle Atlantis sign and the full shuttle in the background – just make sure whoever is taking the photo stands far enough back if you want to capture it all in frame.

Inside, you’ll be able to see Atlantis displayed as only astronauts have. The shuttle is rotated 43.21 degrees with payload doors open and Canadarm extended, as if it had just undocked from the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is one of three space-flown shuttles displayed in the United States, and you can get a great shot of you with it from the second-story balcony.

Saturn V

While visiting the Apollo/Saturn V Center, you can walk beneath a real Saturn V rocket – the type of rocket that launched humans to the Moon! The rocket is 363 feet/111 meters long, 60 feet/18 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty, so getting it all in one shot will be difficult. A popular photo spot is right under the Saturn V rocket’s massive engines.

Vehicle Assembly Building

Talk about filling up the frame. Did you know the Vehicle Assembly Building is one of the largest buildings in the world by area? It covers eight acres and is 525 feet tall and 518 feet wide. The American flag painted on the building’s side south is also the largest American flag in the world, coming in at 209 feet tall and 110 feet wide. Luckily you’re far enough back to see everything in your photos and selfies.

The best way to get up close to this national landmark is on board the Kennedy Space Center Explore Tour, which goes beyond the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and makes several stops that allows you to disembark and capture once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Kennedy Space Center Explore Tour requires a separate ticket in addition to admission. Click here for information.

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Purchasing an Astropass allows you to get unlimited digital downloads from your time at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Astropass is available at Space Shuttle Atlantis®, the bus loading area and Apollo/Saturn V Center, with more locations coming soon. Activate your Astropass at any of those locations, or the Docking Station.

Purchase the pass online and receive almost 40% off in savings compared to purchasing it during your visit. Click here for details.

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