Cosmic Quest launched at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with a cadre of school age cadets mingling with veteran astronauts. Cosmic Quest is a live-action interactive game that takes place throughout the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and recruits the next generation of space explorers with immersive NASA-inspired game play. Cosmic Quest is the newest attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where visitors can learn the history as well as current activities of the U.S. space program. Continue reading for more photos and details of Cosmic Quest.
From Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
Imagine making your way to Mars in a simulated capsule with a mission to create a habitat on the planet in order to protect astronauts from poisonous dust and radiation. Or, assembling your own launch team from a pool of NASA’s best. These and other exciting space adventures are now a reality at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Its newest visitor experience – Cosmic Quest – an interactive live-action game experience, designed by Creative Kingdoms, engages and inspires young guests known as “trainees” like never before by immersing them in a number of STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) space adventures while teaching them about NASA’s current and future space science and exploration endeavors.
Teams of 16 students from Brevard, Seminole, Volusia and Orange counties in Florida joined forces with veteran space shuttle astronauts Jon McBride, Norm Thagard and Mike McCulley and Apollo astronaut Al Worden to take Cosmic Quest missions on an inaugural test flight.
“Never before have we been able to offer our younger guests the opportunity to engage directly with NASA designed missions in this way,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “By introducing Cosmic Quest, guests discover firsthand how to launch a rocket, redirect an asteroid, and build a habitat on Mars – all based on real NASA missions. This gameplay experience is designed to inspire and educate young people about STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Cosmic Quest kiosks are incorporated throughout the visitor complex, and offer a host of NASA-inspired adventures:
Robonaut, a replica of NASA’s real R2 robot currently working aboard the ISS, serves as a virtual narrator and guide as Cosmic Quest trainees use their “astronaut badges” as activation devices to interact with digital progression points and touch screens located throughout each of the exhibit areas.
Cosmic Quest costs $24.95 in addition to the price of daily admission. All adventures are included in the price; the completion of one adventure is not dependent on other adventures. Cosmic Quest badges can be used for an entire year.