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NASA enthusiasts can train like actual astronauts preparing for Mars travel thanks to the new programs at the Kennedy Space Center.
NASA enthusiasts can train like actual astronauts preparing for Mars travel thanks to the new programs at the Kennedy Space Center.

Your clients may not be able to travel to Mars (yet), but thanks to the Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, they can train just like the pioneers who hope to land on the Red Planet one day.

Opening in February 2018, the Astronaut Training Experience will use immersive simulation technology to “transport” participants to Mars, train them to live and work in harsh environments, and teach them what it’s like to travel to the Red Planet.

The latest addition to the Kennedy Space Center will be broken down into two distinct programs—Astronaut Training Experience and Mars Base 1—which guests can experience for as short as 30-45 minutes or for a few hours. Two-, three- and five-day camp programs will also be available.

During the Astronaut Training Experience, your clients will train like an astronaut preparing for a mission to Mars. “Trainees” will participate in many of the same tasks of actual astronauts in training, including experiences with Walk-on-Mars virtual reality and Spacewalk Training. For a longer, more immersive experience, the Mars Base 1 program allows participants to “live” on Mars for seven hours, while performing base operations, as well as real science experiments and engineering tasks.

Prices for the various programs and experiences range from $30-$175 pp. For more information, visit kennedyspacecenter.com.

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