NASA has plenty of heroes, and now the public has a chance to hear about their struggles and watch their triumphs at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s newest attraction.

Heroes & Legends featuring the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame opens with a guest-studded premier. NASA’s Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, Thomas Stafford and 22 more astronauts will be on hand to unveil the attraction to the public at 10 a.m. Friday.

The attraction sits at the entrance of the KSC Visitor Complex in a sleek, stark white building. The boomerang-shaped entry ramp is designed to simulate the astronauts’ journey to the stars. Visitors will be introduced to space pioneers through a 3D movie and interactive multimedia presentations.

In the 360-degree discovery bay, visitors are surrounded by photos of heroes like Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King. A movie explores how society defines a hero and people of all ages tell about their personal heroes — whether it’s a teacher, scientist, or their mom or dad.

Then guests move into a 3D theater, where they travel through space adventures with astronauts Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Jim Lovell. They can also wander through interactive exhibits that highlight nine different attributes of a hero. Through the use of holograms, guests can watch astronaut Eugene Cernan conduct a spacewalk outside the Gemini IX spacecraft.

Active and retired military and veterans get free admission with up to three family members getting 50 percent off tickets Friday through Sunday.

Here’s the opening schedule:

Friday, Nov. 11: A 10 a.m. ceremony marks the grand opening of Heroes & Legends, featuring NASA astronauts and their families.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Two different Tell Me a Story … Live! shows will take place in the Astronaut Encounter Theater. Space shuttle astronauts Rhea Seddon and Mary Cleave will discuss the topic of Women in Space at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. Apollo astronauts Al Worden and Walter Cunningham will share memories of the historic Apollo program.

Saturday, Nov. 12: The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation will host the Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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