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Space Shuttles: Out of This World

Donna Balancia stands beside Space Shuttle Atlantis. The KSC exhibit  opens to the public June 29.

Donna Balancia stands beside Space Shuttle Atlantis. The KSC exhibit opens to the public June 29.

Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis are faring well in their new respective homes.

Endeavour is housed at California Science Center and Atlantis bowed last June at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The historic spacecrafts tell the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program.

The 90,000 square-foot Atlantis attraction is the marquee element of the Visitor Complex’s 10-year master plan.

Atlantis mission STS-135 was the last Shuttle Mission

Space Shuttle Atlantis’ mission STS-135 marked the last flight of NASA’s shuttle program. It launched on July 8 and returned to earth July 21, 2011. Here we see a panoramic view of the vehicle. — Photo by DONNA BALANCIA

Space Shuttle Atlantis features state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and high-tech simulators that bring to life the complex systems and components behind this incredible feat of engineering. One of the most complicated and sophisticated pieces of equipment ever built, the shuttle is a vehicle that launched like a rocket, flew in orbit like a spacecraft and landed on a runway like a glider.

For more information, go to http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/atlantis.aspx

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