(NAPSI)—The race to Mars has already begun—come be part of it!

The new Astronaut Training Experience® (ATX) at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the chance to "touch down" on the Red Planet.

ATX uses immersive simulation technology to train participants to live and work on Mars using real NASA science to address engineering challenges.

Upon entering the Astronaut Training Experience Center, guests are surrounded by astronaut training techniques and experiences. A sleek design, realistic signage and sophisticated technology provide a sense of authenticity. Participants also get lifelike badges and special-issue T-shirts to immerse them in the program. Assignments are led by expert educators, referred to as "Trainers" and "Lab Chiefs" to enhance the experience.

Through the programs—ATX and Mars Base 1—and associated assignments, participants work together by taking on specific roles to address challenges and solve problems.

Groups of up to 24 work simultaneously in multiple training areas that replicate astronaut training of the future. Trainees work within reproduced environmental scenarios, such as the Land-and-Drive-on-Mars full-motion simulator, Walk-on-Mars virtual reality, Launch Mission and Spacewalk Training.

These activities focus on problem solving, communication and collaboration, making them excellent for team building in an interesting and inspirational environment. Extra programs, which are not included with admission, range from 30 minutes to seven hours. Two-, three- and five-day camp programs are also available.

What To Do When The Mission Is Complete

The other attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bring to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, Cosmic Quest, and many other exhibits and experiences.

Learn More

For further information, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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