Space shuttle Atlantis 'go' for public viewing

Jun 27, 2013 by Marcia Dunn
This June 20, 2013 photo shows space shuttle Atlantis on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(AP)—The last U.S. space shuttle to soar makes its museum debut this weekend.

The Atlantis exhibit opens to the public Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It's the centerpiece of a $100 million attraction dedicated to the entire 30-year .

For the first time, people get to see a in a pose previously beheld only by a few astronauts—in flight with its payload bay doors wide open and a robot arm outstretched.

More than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis planned to take part in the grand opening at the visitor complex.

In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Retired for two years, Atlantis is the last of NASA's three space shuttles to go on public display.

Explore further: Bad weather delays SpaceX launch with 3-D printer

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Image: Atlantis replica gets processed

Jun 28, 2012

(Phys.org) -- In Orbiter Processing Facility-1 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians sitting on the Hyster forklift monitor the progress as technicians in the aft portion of space shuttle ...

Last US shuttle's retirement means job losses

Nov 01, 2012

(AP)—Space shuttle Atlantis isn't going far to its retirement home. Early Friday, it will move just 10 miles (16 kilometers) to Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop to be put on display in Florida.

Recommended for you

Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race

Sep 20, 2014

The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos.

Winter in the southern uplands of Mars

Sep 19, 2014

Over billions of years, the southern uplands of Mars have been pockmarked by numerous impact features, which are often so closely packed that they overlap. One such feature is Hooke crater, shown in this ...

Five facts about NASA's ISS-RapidScat

Sep 19, 2014

NASA's ISS-RapidScat mission will observe ocean wind speed and direction over most of the globe, bringing a new eye on tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. Here are five fast facts about the mission.

User comments : 0