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Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis®

Jan 12, 2023 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
First tour:

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Second Tour:

1:15 PM to 4:30 PM

NASA’s Space Shuttle Program is rich with 30 years of innovative technology and advances in space exploration. The Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis® with Mike Leinbach gets you up close to this incredible period in NASA’s history. See space shuttle Atlantis with her last launch director, Mike Leinbach, and learn about the risks and rewards of the Space Shuttle Program from an insider. The 3-hour tour begins with a walking tour along the incredible spacecraft from nose to engines.

From there, blast off in the Shuttle Launch Experience®, putting yourself in the seat of an astronaut launching into low-Earth orbit. You will also visit Forever Remembered, the memorial honoring the astronauts who lost their lives in space shuttle missions STS-51L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia. Mr. Leinbach will offer a unique insight as he led the Columbia Reconstruction Team after the tragedy. Then, wrap up the tour with a private sit-down where you can ask any remaining questions.





  • $75 in addition to daily admission

  • Space is limited to 30 participants

  • Please note: guests must be a minimum of 44 inches/111.76 cm to ride the Shuttle Launch Experience.

  • Minors must be accompanied by a participating, paying adult over the age of 18.

Mike Leinbach

Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis®