Thursday, 7 March 2013

$100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Readied at Cape Canaveral

It's all systems go for space shuttle Atlantis exhibit


collectSpace.com / Robert Z. Pearlman
Since entering its six-story exhibit building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida in November 2012, space shuttle Atlantis has been raised off the ground, shrink-wrapped in 16,000 square feet of plastic and tilted 43 degrees, the latter designed to give guests a view of what the shuttle looked like to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

By Robert Z. Pearlman Space.com

With just about four months remaining before its public debut, the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida is taking shape — both inside and out.

The $100 million exhibit is scheduled to open June 29 and will bring the public nose-to-nose — and nose-to-wing and nose-to-tail — with NASA's space shuttle Atlantis, the last orbiter to fly in space before the fleet was retired in 2011. Since entering the six-story building in November 2012, Atlantis has been raised off the ground, shrink-wrapped in 16,000 square feet of plastic and tilted 43 degrees, the latter designed to give guests a view of what the shuttle looked like to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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Sources: Space.com , NBC News.

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