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Atlantis Exhibit Kennedy Space Center

Set to open in the summer of 2013, the Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center is going to be the 90,000 square foot permanent home for the now retired Space Shuttle Atlantis.

NASA's Last Shuttle

Space shuttle Atlantis was NASA's last shuttle to fly a mission in space, and was the last to be delivered to the museum that will now stand as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the crews that manned the missions.

The Atlantis Exhibit will dramatically display the shuttle in an on-orbit configuration.

The space shuttle has been lifted to 26 feet above the concrete floor and has been carefully tilted to a precise 43.21 angle on the port (left) side.

The portside wingtip of the Atlantis is just 7.5ft off of the ground, which allows visitors to the exhibit a chance to really get up close to this engineering marvel.

Eye-Level View

The angle of the display will allow visitors optimum viewing of the shuttle with its payload bay door opened up, and has been designed to offer visitors an eye-level view of this incredible space shuttle.

A brilliant backdrop of the Earth as seen from space will be projected onto a massive 125ft by 40ft LED screen behind the space shuttle, and will give guests the illusion of viewing the shuttle as if they were standing on the International Space Station watching the space shuttle slowly bank away.

Space shuttle Atlantis logged an impressive 125,935,769 miles on the 33 manned missions it took into space.

The new permanent home for this incredible piece of NASA history is sure to be a popular attraction amongst fans of the space shuttle program.

By Marie Ospina

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