BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Space Shop has recently been extensively refurbished and has entered a new era with interactive exhibits.
"We have the largest collection of NASA memorabilia," PR and Communications Manager Rebecca Shireman said about the two-story gift shop, which has been undergoing a six-month renovation.
The makeover was revealed on June 29th.
"We've also upgraded the area where astronauts do the autograph session, they interact with our guests and they can have lunch with an astronaut," Shireman said.
Renovations include the gantry. It's an orange metal bridge used by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins just before they set off for space and headed for the moon.
The addition gives visitors the feeling that they have followed in the footsteps of some of NASA's most famous astronauts.
Another upgrade that brought the Space Shop into the digital age is the two selfie stations. Visitors can place their faces in front of a monitor wearing a space suit and take a picture. The image will then be displayed on a large screen in the store.
The renovation of the Space Shop is the second renovation it had. Traditional gift items, such as space shuttle toys, coffee cups, magnets, shot glasses, t-shirts and hats with the NASA emblem on them, are still the favorite among buyers.
And for those hardcore NASA fans, there is also a flight suit for sale.
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