Mission: Space is meant to simulate astronaut training for the first manned mission to Mars aboard the fictional X-2 Deep Space Shuttle in 2036, right after the seventy-fifth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to enter space. (The year 2036 can be deduced from plaques in the attraction's queue celebrating 75 years of human spaceflight, including two faux milestones in the future.) Riders are "trainees" at the fictional International Space Training Center (ISTC), where they are arranged into crews of four before watching an introductory video featuring actor Gary Sinise, who starred in the space drama, Apollo 13 and Mission to Mars.Put Mission: SPACE at the forefront of your travel plans using our Orlando trip itinerary planning site .
Before boarding the simulators, each rider is assigned an on-board role (navigator, pilot, commander or engineer) and given two tasks to perform during the mission (pressing a specific button when told). For example, one of the commander's buttons initiates the rocket's first-stage separation, and the other activates manual flight control. The spacecraft's on-board self-automated pilot will perform each task if the rider does not respond to his or her prompt from Mission Control or if there is no one to perform the task. Also featured are various labeled buttons and switches which the rider may play with but do nothing; they are only there to add to the realism aspect of the ride.
The mission includes liftoff from the ISTC, a slingshot around the moon for a gravity-assisted boost, a brief period of simulated hypersleep (to pass the lengthy time required to reach Mars) and a descent for landing on the Martian surface. As a training exercise, the mission contains several unexpected situations that add to the drama.
The futuristic X-2 vehicle is a three-stage rocket which is said to use several technologies in development today, including aerospike engines, solid hydrogen fuel, an aerobrake and carbon nanotubes.
The attraction queue contains several items and commemorative plaques from past, present and fictional future space missions. Among the items on display are props from the 2000 film Mission to Mars, including the rotating "gravity wheel" from the predecessor X-1 spacecraft, a model of which hangs from the ceiling, and a replica of a NASA moon rover from the Apollo program.
Upon conclusion of the training exercise, guests are invited to participate in activities at the Advanced Training Lab, a post-show area containing a group game called Mission: Space Race in which players perform tasks as Mission Control technicians aiding two X-2 spacecraft racing to return to Earth; a space-themed play area for toddlers; a single-person, arcade-style game in which an astronaut explores Mars on foot; and a kiosk where brief video postcards can be created and sent via e-mail.
Mission: SPACE Reviews
This is for the Orange experience.....I have learnt that I am claustrophobic thanks to this ride. Shut in a tiny box, with a harness over my chest, couldn’t move, a screen right in my face, then I clo... more »
I really didnt expect much from this but loved every second, by far the strangest feeling ive ever felt on a ride, I went on the orange one, its intense but very cool, one of my favourite rides of the... more »
Very cool ride with a realist immersion into a spaceship and traveling into space. They assign you tasks, but no worry if you miss it as the ride continues as planned. Two paths make it possible for people with movement sickness to still experience the ride. The more intense was does throw some G's at you, but overall if you stay relatively still you should be fine. Cool experience, and with 4 people.
Mars mission is amazing! Fair warning though, G-force applied is exhilarating and can trigger panic effect, but a couple of deep breaths and really enjoyed it. Just caught me off-guard. Great ride, but not for ppl with fear of heights, flying or closed spaces for sure. I'd say this is the best ride in all of EPCOT.
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