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Mission: Space (stylized as Mission: SPACE ) is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando , Florida . It simulates what an astronaut might experience aboard a spacecraft on a mission to Mars , from the higher g -force of liftoff to the speculative hypersleep .

The attraction opened to the public in a "soft opening" mode in June 2003, and celebrated its grand opening on October 9 with a ceremony attended by Disney CEO Michael Eisner , HP CEO Carly Fiorina and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe , as well as several NASA astronauts from its many phases of human space exploration ( Mercury , Gemini , Apollo , the space shuttle program and two crew members aboard the International Space Station ).

The attraction was built on the former site of Horizons , a dark ride that offered optimistic visions of what life might be like in the future. Horizons closed permanently in 1999 after a few years of sporadic operation; construction began on Mission: Space shortly thereafter. Industry estimates put the cost of developing the new attraction at US$ 100 million. The pavilion, like others at Epcot, features a VIP lounge for HP employees called The Red Planet Room.

Mission: Space (stylized as Mission: SPACE ) is a centrifugal motion simulator thrill ride at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando , Florida . It simulates what an astronaut might experience aboard a spacecraft on a mission to Mars , from the higher g -force of liftoff to the speculative hypersleep .

The attraction opened to the public in a "soft opening" mode in June 2003, and celebrated its grand opening on October 9 with a ceremony attended by Disney CEO Michael Eisner , HP CEO Carly Fiorina and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe , as well as several NASA astronauts from its many phases of human space exploration ( Mercury , Gemini , Apollo , the space shuttle program and two crew members aboard the International Space Station ).

The attraction was built on the former site of Horizons , a dark ride that offered optimistic visions of what life might be like in the future. Horizons closed permanently in 1999 after a few years of sporadic operation; construction began on Mission: Space shortly thereafter. Industry estimates put the cost of developing the new attraction at US$ 100 million. The pavilion, like others at Epcot, features a VIP lounge for HP employees called The Red Planet Room.

The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. [1] Operational missions launched numerous satellites , conducted science experiments in orbit, and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station (ISS). The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982.

The first orbiter, Enterprise , was built solely for atmospheric flight tests and had no orbital capability. Four fully operational orbiters were initially built: Columbia , Challenger , Discovery , and Atlantis . Challenger and Columbia were destroyed in mission accidents in 1986 and 2003 respectively, killing a total of fourteen astronauts. A fifth operational orbiter, Endeavour , was built in 1991 to replace Challenger . The Space Shuttle was retired from service upon the conclusion of STS-135 by Atlantis on 21 July 2011. [6]

The Approach and Landing Test Programme encompassed 16 separate tests of Enterprise , covering taxi tests, unmanned and manned flights on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft , and finally the free flight tests. The following list includes the free-flight tests, durations listed count only the orbiter free-flight time. The list does not include total time aloft along with airborne time atop of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).


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