Rocket Launch: August 14, 2017 12:31 PM | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-12Aug 14, 2017 12:31 PM Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch: August 14, 2017 12:31 PM | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-12
Join us for launch viewing as SpaceX sends the Dragon vehicle on the Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39A! This historic launch pad was the site of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch that transported humans for the moon landing in 1969 and the site of the first and last space shuttle missions during the 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Now leased to SpaceX, LC-39A is the current site of Falcon 9 rocket launches.
CRS-12 is a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This mission is the 12th resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. Dragon will deliver supplies and science experiments to the crew aboard the ISS. The Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable first stage will attempt a controlled landing on Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches. Due to the anticipated mid-day launch, launch viewing opportunities for CRS-12 are included with daily admission and available at both Apollo/Saturn V Center and the main visitor complex with bleacher seating and launch commentary. Both viewing areas are accessible for visitors with daily admission tickets only. No additional tickets are required.
The Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing area is available first come, first served, until capacity is reached. After arriving and parking at the visitor complex, those wishing to view from Apollo/Saturn V Center will be transported by bus from the inside the main visitor complex to this special viewing area at Kennedy Space Center, behind NASA’s gates. Security protocol requires that all guests must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities.
The main visitor complex viewing area located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis® has unlimited capacity. Restrooms, dining and shopping are available at both viewing areas.
Learn more about how to prepare for launch viewing as a visitor.
NOTE: Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Since launch days often have many extra visitors, please allow time for travel, parking and entering the complex, including security bag. Arrive early to ensure your favorite viewing spot! Refunds cannot be offered for late arrivals. Learn more about our Launch Scrub Policy.
Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 rocket. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon’s pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.