Space Shuttle Atlantis Home Opens June 29

Artist's rendering of the Atlantis on exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is settling into its new digs at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is expected to open to the public on June 29.

As opposed to circling the earth, the shuttle will be housed in a new $100 million, 90,000 square-foot facility where it will be showcased as if it were in space. Guests will have a 360-degree view with the spacecraft positioned as the astronauts would have seen it departing from the International Space Station, and according to Thomas Steinmetz of eTurboNews, “elevated 30 feet and rotated at a 43.21-degree angle. and its payload bay doors open and its Canadarm (robotic arm) extended.”

The Atlantis flew 33 missions, and all 135 shuttle missions were launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

After Disney: The Other Orlando has a complete chapter devoted to the exhibits at Kennedy Space Center.


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