Florida: Close-Up View of the Space Shuttle Atlantis
November 8, 2012 Leave a comment
Last Friday was NASA’s rollout of the retired space shuttle Atlantis from the Vehicle Assembly Building to its new home at Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle had been undergoing refurbishment as part of its transition from a working orbiter to a museum centerpiece at KSC. Its new mission will be to inspire generations for years to come.
The rollout ceremony was full of excitement and emotion. As Atlantis was rolled into a special exhibit area at Exploration Park, music from Star Wars, Proud to be an American, and an original shuttle song were played. The touching shuttle tribute song is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7XVrhltrcU
Visitors enjoyed close-up views of Atlantis, along with displays featuring the next generation of space vehicles.
Atlantis was first delivered to KSC in 1985. Since then she has flown 33 missions, traveled over 126 million miles, and spent 307 days in space. Her crowning achievement was the mission that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009.
The new building featuring Atlantis will be ready in summer 2013. She will be displayed as-is and tipped on her side as if flying in space. Interactive exhibits are currently being designed by engineers from Disney and Universal Studios. KSC never fails to impress – it was awesome!