Win A Star Trek Trip To See Shuttle Launch

Back in the 70s NASA’s Space Shuttle program began with the Star Trek inspired naming of the first shuttle as Enterprise. Now the Shuttle program is winding down and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is teaming up with Paramount to help give it a Star Trek goodbye with a contest to win a VIP trip to view one of the final launches. See below for details on how to enter the contest.


Press Release

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Paramount Home Entertainment

Team Up on Star Trek "Go For Launch" Sweepstakes

Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (November 24, 2009) – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Paramount Home Entertainment have partnered on the "Go For Launch" sweepstakes in conjunction with the release of the Star Trek movie DVD, in stores now. The prize package includes a 4-day, 3-night trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for a family of four for the opportunity to view a space shuttle launch from a special viewing area. The winners will also enjoy lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut and an insider’s view of Kennedy Space Center during a NASA Up Close Tour.

"We are excited to be working with Paramount Home Entertainment as a nationwide partner," said Annette Hogan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. "We had great success with the showing of Star Trek throughout the summer in our IMAX® theater and are pleased to have the opportunity to reach space enthusiasts everywhere with the distribution of the DVD."

Details about the sweepstakes can be found inside Star Trek movie DVDs or at The sweepstakes began November 18, 2009 and ends on January 15, 2010. The DVD insert also includes a $5.00 off admission coupon to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, valid for up to six people.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando and is the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida’s most popular destinations. It’s a 70-acre arena of inspirational, educational and entertaining experiences. Admission includes the new Shuttle Launch Experience, Kennedy Space Center Tour, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, all exhibits and shows, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft, simulator rides and the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days. Admission is $38 + tax for adults and $28 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander’s Club Annual Pass is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 321-449-4444 or visit

About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.


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Only for US residents. What a pity!
But a great idea by NASA.


US only!!!! Grrrrrr!
Really want to see a SS launch


Go Endeavour, Atlantis & Discovery! …and Enterprise!


I applied to the ESA on Thursday :D


4: Godspeed!


I don’t want to sound cynical but last night I had a nightmare, I dreamed I went to watch a shuttle launch and few seconds into liftoff the engines failed to thrust and the shuttle stalled and crashed onto my car, is this weird or what? It seemed so real and the launch was at night time, weird eh? I come on to to see new star tre/sci news and that image of the shuttle just triggered that dream memory. Maybe I’m suppose to warm someone of the launch?


6. Don’t worry … The new trek uses “parralel timelines” If this was the old trek that believed in one “alterable” timeline, you would need to tell someone.
(or at least park your car some where else!)

No doubt limited to US citizens as all American contests are.

The Weary Professor

The sweepstakes includes lunch with an astronaut. Great, I’d love to win a meal of mashed potatoes in a tube, Tang and freeze-dried ice cream. Yum.

I'm dead Jim

I’ve been to a shuttle landing but not a launch. That would be sweet, as long as there are no delays. Hope I win!



Fixing the timeline seems to up the ante more when it comes to story and climax whereas parallel timelines are great for rebooting a great franchise.

Yea that dream just reminded me of that film final destination or something from the twilight zone, now god forbid, if something bad happened at the launch, it is recorded here of my warning/dream.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

I entered and I would love to go. To see the Apollo 13 Capsul and Apollo 11 and all of the others and the simulater rides and to meet and talk to real Astonaunts. Kool!!!!!!!!!.


Errr…. US only.


I grew up in Central Florida. If I wanted to see the shuttle launch, I just had to look out the window! No thanks to the contest!

Oh, yeah, baby!


14: OK, can I come to visit for a shuttle launch? :-)

The Kennedy Space Complex is a tremendous venue. My family had a chance to visit there last Summer, missing a shuttle launch by two days (drat!). Even at that, the bus tour by the mammoth Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) was awe-inspiring, as was the tour through the old Apollo launch center. It truly was like stepping through a time machine. Driving by the world-famous “countdown clock” near the network broadcast centers was also a neat experience.

The only downside was that Trek 2009 was playing at the IMAX theater that is on the KSC grounds, but my daughter was spooked by the notion of the movie she had seen in the previews and didn’t want to watch it. So, no Trek in IMAX for Dad. Alas.

Anyone who is in the Orlando area and has a day to invest in the Center, I’d highly recommend it. I can only imagine how cool it would be to witness a launch.

Jorg Sacul

When you go, take the deluxe tour. Worth every penny, I thought!


9.) I work at the KSC-VC and Astronaut Hall of Fame and actually the food at the dine with an astronaut is substantially better than what you mentioned. In fact none of the astronauts I know and work with ever ate the freeze-dried ice cream in space; only the real ice cream.

12.) Apollo 11 is at the Smithsonian, and Apollo 13 is at the Kansas Cosmosphere. We do have Wally Schirra’s Sigma 7 Mercury capsule, and Apollo 14 “Kitty Hawk” that flew Alan Sheperd to the moon. We also have a real Gemini capsule, one of 3 remaining Saturn V rockets, and a host of actual rockets-though ones that haven’t flewn before (or they would be burned up).

We also have an Astronaut Training Experience where people get to spend half a day training like the astronauts do–somewhat. You get to meet and have a photo taken with an astronaut, have a private Q&A with them, do computer-based ISS module installation training, training on the Multi-Axis Trainer (the spinny-thing from Space Camp the movie), training on our Micro-gravity Wall simulating walking in space, and a simulated space shuttle mission in our full-scale shuttle orbiter.

The ATX is what I work on primarily and it is a lot of fun. I get to meet really great people and listen to the astronauts talk about their experiences. My favorite is COL Bob Springer, USMC (ret.), a 2 time shuttle astronaut. I work with him all the time, and he was a letter of recommendation for me for the US Navy Officer programs. They are all great people and really down to Earth (pardon the pun). ATX is worth checking out if any of you come down this way.

James Brennan

How do I enter the sweepstakes?

i realize i am to late to qualify for the trip,but i would like to thank you in advance for giving the public an oppurtunity to see one of Gods most amazing and heart felt events! i would have liked to have had an oppurtunity to take my daughter to see the launch and the space center so that she can see the amazing center you must have over there and that there is so much more wonderful things in the world other than texting and talking on the phone,etc. she use to tell me”how can you watch star trek?” i use to tell her that there is so much more wonder in the world and beyond,that i would see the show and just imagine that i was on one of the launches. so i thank you for this oppurtunity and i hope and pray that this trip will be a life changing experience for our future, our children.

i feel this would be a great oppurtunity to get my daughter interested in an amazing adventure other than the adventure she seems to think is so hip,texting. i have always been a startrek fan and she would say” how do you watch that ?” so i would think that it would be a great oppurtunity that you are giving to the public, a chance to spend time with there family tosee the world from a totally different way, so to speak. i realize i didn’t get to enter in time for the trip, but i hope and pray that whoever did get that oppurtunity to see what ls the greatness other than electronics,pants below the knees,etc.,i thank you in advance, because who was able to see space through your center, has got to be a very blessed person. thank you for giving the public the oppurtunity to see Gods greatness!!