Early Space Adventures Counting down to liftoff of NASA’s early space programs inspired a nation to reach for the stars. Discover what it means to be a hero through the stories of NASA’s space pioneers at Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame® presented by Boeing®. Walk among giants in the Rocket Garden and appreciate the technology that taught us how to defy gravity.

Mission Zone Overview
  • Hours icon Allow 2.5 hours
  • dining icon Rocket Fuel Food Truck
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Key Attractions

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®

All Systems Are Go!

Chat With An Astronaut

It's a Matter of Fact Show

Rocket Garden

Astronaut Encounter

Space Mirror Memorial

Look Closer
JFK Fountain

John F. Kennedy Fountain

Issuing a challenge to place humans on the moon by the end of the 1960s, President Kennedy inspired NASA to win the Space Race with the July 1969 moon landing of Apollo 11. Kennedy Space Center was named in his honor in 1963.
Historic NASA Launch Countdown Clock

Historic Countdown Clock

Considered one of the most-watched time-keeping devices in the world, NASA's historic countdown clock was relocated from Launch Complex 39 National Historic Site after being replaced with an updated version.
Family with NASA Astronaut

NASA Insignia

Don't miss a chance to take a photo in front of the iconic NASA insignia.