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Train like an astronaut on a visit to Florida's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Families can now experience astronuat training at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. / Kennedy Space Center

We've all imagined what it might be like to be an astronaut. Now at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida you and your family can see for yourselves through a new program with two parts.

Astronaut Training Experience (ATX). Prepare for your mission to Mars by training like a real NASA astronaut. On a zero-gravity experience, you and your team are strapped into special seats and handed tools to maintain the equipment you need to function day to day in space. Navigate Mars terrain to deliver needed goods in your own space rover. 

Mars Base 1. Become a “rookie astronaut” participating in simulations and scientific research to grow and analyze crops in the Mars Botany Lab, or use robots to accomplish tasks. Yes, you'll grow real food that is really used and consumed.

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Each program takes about five hours and does not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. You will want to save a full day to visit Kennedy Space Center as well — there are museums, an IMAX theater, hands-on demonstrations, satellites and ships that have been in space and opportunities to meet astronauts themselves. 

INFO Tickets for ATX are $175, $150 for Mars Base 1, general admission to the visitor complex is $57, $47 for children 3-11; 855-433-4210, kennedyspacecenter.com