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Mission: SPACE is meant to simulate astronaut training for the first manned mission to Mars aboard the fictional X-2 Deep Space Shuttle on the 75th anniversary of man’s first mission into space. You’ll enter the attraction as a “trainee” at the fictional International Space Training Center, where you’ll be arranged into 4-person crews before watching an introduction video starring Gary Sinise (who starred in the popular films “Apollo 13” and “Mission to Mars”).
Before you begin the Mission: SPACE experience, you’ll need to decide whether you want to be on the Green Team or the Orange Team. The Green version of the attraction is a much less intense experience. The vehicle doesn’t spin, so you won’t feel forces up to 2.4G. If you’re prone to motion sickness, this one’s for you. However, just be prepared to still be tossed around some! The Orange version is VERY intense. This is the original version of the attraction where guests will experience forces up to 2.4G – more than twice Earth’s gravitational pull. The feeling of spinning on the Orange version can make even those with strong stomachs a little queasy.
While making your way through the queue, you’ll enter the “Sim Lab.” Here, you’ll see a rotating wheel with chambers that simulates gravity and a Lunar Rover before traveling into the Command Room. In the Command Room, notice the plaques on the wall praising space travel accomplishments, such as the First Man in Space, First Man on the Moon and more. Before boarding the simulators, each “trainee” chooses an onboard role (navigator, pilot, commander or engineer) and is given two tasks to perform during the mission. You’ll go through orientation and flight training before embarking on your space mission.
Here are the tasks of each role:
The mission starts with the launch countdown and your seat tilting back into the launch position as you blast off into the sky. During this portion of the ride, you’ll experience intense G Forces, while your shuttle escapes the Earth’s gravity. During your journey, you’ll experience weightlessness, rocket around the moon and even experience a brief period of simulated hyper sleep. Be sure to pay attention to your chosen task! After you’ve landed on Mars and completed the mission, you can head over to the Advanced Training Lab and try your hand at more space-themed missions.
Mission: SPACE is an indoor motion simulator ride located in Future World East at Epcot®. The duration of the simulated flight is about 4 ½ minutes. The entire experience counting the pre-show takes about 15 minutes. Mission: SPACE is experienced in groups of four, which each guest in his/her own individual seat. Each seat has a pull-down shoulder restraint. Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair, then from the wheelchair to the attraction/ride vehicle. Video captioning is available at this attraction. Due to the nature of Mission: SPACE, service animals are not permitted. Also located in the Mission: SPACE pavilion is the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab, an interactive play space featuring space-themed exhibits and games.
Source: Undercover Tourist
Source: Undercover Tourist
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