Conference Tours

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the historic launch site for NASA missions, as well as currently serving SpaceX for many of their launches. Attendees who choose to participate in this tour will be given a presentation by a KSC representative and the chance to see many of the famous NASA vehicles, including Saturn V and Mercury-Redstone rockets, as well as the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Attendees should expect to leave the Reitz Union at 7:30 AM and expect to return at approximately 5:00 PM.

Thursday :

  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Kings Bay

The Kings Bay Naval Base is home to several nuclear powered submarines. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour a submarine and the facilities that support them. Note that Navy may give preference to students who are interested in careers in the Navy or naval nuclear propulsion. Attendees who select this tour will be sent a questionnaire via email. U.S. citizenship is a requirement for this tour. Attendees should expect to leave the Reitz Union at 7:30 AM on Thursday and expect to return the University of Florida before 5:00 PM.

Thursday :

  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is America’s oldest city and is located about 90 minutes East of Gainesville. Known for its rich history and beautiful white sand beaches, it is a popular destination for both Floridians and tourists from around the world. The shuttle will leave the Reitz Union at 7:30 AM Thursday morning and arrive in St. Augustine at approximately 9:30 AM. Those who choose to go on the St. Augustine trip will then have the liberty to decide how they spend their time in the city. It will be the attendee’s responsibility to return to the drop off location in St. Augustine when the shuttle departs back for the University of Florida at 3:30 PM. Note that the 2018 ANS Student Conference will not be responsible for attendees who miss their shuttle back to the University of Florida.

Thursday :

  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

UF Training Reactor

Commissioned in 1959, is a 100 kW modified Argonaut-type reactor at the University of Florida. The UFTR is a light water and graphite moderated, graphite reflected, light water cooled reactor designed and used primarily for training and nuclear research related activities. The UFTR is licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is the only research reactor in Florida.