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Editor’s note: The drive-in experience at the visitor complex will now be held Sunday due to SpaceX’s launch being delayed. Tickets for the drive-in experience, however, are sold out. 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will offer a unique launch viewing experience for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch Friday evening.

The park is offering guests a “drive-in” experience to view the first polar launch from Cape Canaveral since the 1960s and better yet, you’ll be able to see it from the comfort of your car.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, guests will have the opportunity to park their cars at the visitor complex’s parking lots and watch the rocket launch, which is scheduled to liftoff at 7:19 p.m. followed by a short film on the Hubble space telescope narrated by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tickets cost $50 per vehicle and can be purchased through the visitor complex’s website at www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

Prepackaged snacks will be available for purchase and guests are required to wear masks when they’re outside of their vehicles, according to the visitor complex. 

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SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40, which is approximately 6.7 miles away from the launch viewing location. Approximately eight minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first-stage booster will target an automatic landing at Landing Zone 1, which is about 8.8 miles away from the viewing location.

The aerospace company will launch SAOCOM 1B, or SAtélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas 1B, an Earth-observation satellite launching for Argentina’s space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE).

Following Friday’s launch, SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 12th batch of Starlink satellites Saturday morning from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A.

If everything proceeds as scheduled, that would mark three launches happening this week, starting with United Launch Alliance’s Delta Heavy rocket Thursday morning.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 58 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on the 11th mission for the constellation on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

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Contact Antonia Jaramillo at 321-242-3668 or antoniaj@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AntoniaJ_11.

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