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Atlantis Space Shuttle Exhibit Opening at Kennedy Space Center

Updated: 24 Jun 2013 8:07:00 AM

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is ready to open the new Atlantis attraction on June 29, 2013

This is part of a 10-year master plan and a permanent display for the $100 million Visitor Complex.

90,000 Square Foot Building

The design of the 90,000 square-foot home for the exhibit features two architectural wings in colors of orange and gold representing the heat and bright colors of the shuttles reenter into the earth’s atmosphere.

Special grey tiles are incorporated into the building’s design to represent the space shuttle tiles protecting the orbiter from the heat of reentry.

60 Interactive Exhibits

Features of the Space Shuttle Atlantis include state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and high-tech simulators that bring to life the incredible engineering of one of the most astonishing and sophisticated pieces of equipment the Space Shuttle Program has ever built.  

The vehicle launched like a rocket, orbited like a spacecraft, coasted down onto earth, and landed as if it were a glider.

Daily scheduled tours to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Orlando are available.

The new Shuttle Exhibit focuses on the amazing achievements in the Space Shuttle Program over the last 30 years and on the building of the International Space Station including the launch and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Atlantis Space Shuttle also celebrates and honors the thousands of people taking part in the creation and maintenance of NASA’s five shuttles, Columbia, Challenger, Discover, Atlantis, and Endeavour. 

Greeted by a full-scale and upright space shuttle replica stack, guests have a true sense of the power used to propel the shuttle into orbit.  For more information and tickets go to the Kennedy Space Center website.  This is a great treat and educational experience for kids and adults.

By Marie Ospina

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