Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Christmas Blast Off


Holidays in Space is the Kennedy Space Visitor Center's unique high-tech holiday celebration. While the rest of us hang up a few lights, the Saturn 1B in the Rocket Garden serves as the projection screen for historical footage and computer-generated fun.

It kicked off on 12/21/2016 and starting the day after Christmas through 1/2/2017, there will be two shows nightly, at 6:45 and 7:45 PM. They are free and included with admission.

They did add a few lights and accent pieces throughout the facility like this tree.

A special kickoff event was held for season pass holders featuring sweet treats and hot chocolate with reserved prime seating. 

Another one of the many views afforded during the show. Every time the Saturn 1B transformed into an entirely different colored pattern, the children all oohed and aahed in appreciation.

Here are some highlights from the performance, which was re-imagined for 2016-17.

Just one of the many scenes from the show. It is the only rocket used as a projection screen that we have ever heard of, and it is definitely the most unusual backdrop employed in projection mapping shows.

The fireworks finale was great, as was the hospitality afforded by the Kennedy Space Visitor Center. Thanks to Andrea and Lauren, with special thanks to whoever baked all those great treats. It took a whole day to come down from the sugar high, but it was so, so good.