Thursday, June 4, 2015

Heroes and Legends

Click the arrow to watch the animation. Video source: Falcon's Creative Group YouTube channel.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced June 2 that its existing U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville will close in 2016 to move across the Indian River into a new KSCVC attraction called “Heroes and Legends.”

According to the press release, Heroes and Legends will be “a high-tech attraction” that is “designed to showcase the heroism of America’s early space pioneers and provide the Hall of Fame with a brand new home.”

Heroes and Legends will not only bring to life the enthralling stories of America’s pioneering astronauts, but also invite guests to vicariously experience the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest missions through high-tech elements and special effects, including simulated holograms and augmented reality. The highlight of Heroes and Legends is an omnidirectional theater with 3D and special effects, designed to make guests feel as though they are floating in the vastness of space. Stunning images will envelope them as legendary astronauts, including Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Jim Lovell and Neil Armstrong, invite them to join in their epic journeys into the vast unknown. The new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will serve as the culminating element of the attraction, allowing guests to interact virtually with nearly 100 astronaut heroes.

A computer animation of Heroes and Legends is available on the YouTube channel of Falcon's Creative Group. According to the company's June 1 press release, “Falcon’s scope of services for Heroes and Legends will include concept design, schematic design, design development, media production and executive production.”

Originally conceived in 1980 by the surviving Mercury astronauts, the Hall of Fame opened in 1990. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, founded by those astronauts, consults on Hall operations and supervises the selection of new members into the Hall of Fame.

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