Space Shuttle Atlantis
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Entrance
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Legendary Space Shuttle Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross  to be Inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® May 3
04.18.2014

Legendary Space Shuttle Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross to be Inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® May 3

Space shuttle astronauts Shannon Lucid, the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and Jerry Ross, the first human to complete seven space shuttle missions, will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 during a ceremony held in the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 
Atlantis from Rear
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07.03.2013

Atlantis from Rear

Anticipating that guests will have a hard time taking their eyes off the majestic Atlantis spacecraft, the Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was designed to give guests a nearly 360-degree view. They can walk alongside the 122-foot shuttle and just over the top of the left, or port, wing to get a close-up look inside the 60-foot-long payload bay, then walk behind Atlantis to see the shuttle’s iconic triangular silhouette formed by its tail and wings.
Atlantis with Hubble Space Telescope Replica
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07.03.2013

Atlantis with Hubble Space Telescope Replica

The new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tells of the Hubble Space Telescope’s successes and setbacks in an entire area devoted to the first of NASA’s great observatories. Guests can get a feel for the incredible size of the telescope thanks to a full-size, realistic replica that cuts through two stories of the attraction at 43 feet long – more than a full-size school bus – and 14 feet in diameter. Its fully deployed solar arrays extend an additional 7 feet on each side.
Atlantis with Orbital Sunrise
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06.28.2013

Atlantis with Orbital Sunrise

Beyond Atlantis, a 20-by-110-foot LED screen provides guests with yet another sight previously seen only by astronauts in space – the sun rising around the edge of a spinning Earth. The orbital sunrise takes place every 12 minutes at the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, taking artistic license with the actual 90-minute cycle of the orbital sunrise in space. During the 12-minute show, guests can spot the shimmering glow of the aurora borealis, or Northern lights, close ups of the International Space Station, and even an astronaut on a spacewalk.
 
Atlantis with Guests Viewing
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06.28.2013

Atlantis with Guests Viewing

Prior to the grand opening of Space Shuttle AtlantisSM on June 29 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, a select number of guests were invited to preview the attraction. Upon seeing Atlantis for the first time, guests erupted in cheers and applause, quickly pulling out cameras and posing for the photo opportunities of a lifetime.
 
Atlantis Aerial View
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06.28.2013

Atlantis Aerial View

Getting nose-to-nose with the real space-flown orbiter Atlantis is just one part of the experience to be had at new $100 million Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The immersive experience invites guests to “be the astronaut” with never-before-seen, technologically sophisticated multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators.
 
Atlantis with Payload Bay Doors Open
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06.28.2013

Atlantis with Payload Bay Doors Open

The new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place in the world where guests can see an actual space shuttle orbiter as if it was in space, its payload bay doors open and its robotic Canadarm extended as if it has just undocked from the International Space Station. Because the payload bay doors were not designed to be opened in Earth’s gravity, a complex process was developed to support and suspend the doors using steel cables.
 
Hubble Space Telescope Replica
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06.28.2013

Hubble Space Telescope Replica

Paying tribute to NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program, the new Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex shines the spotlight on some of the shuttle’s most notable achievements, including the Hubble Space Telescope. A full-size, 43-foot-long replica cuts through two levels of the attraction and is accompanied by a short film highlighting the successes and setbacks of one of NASA’s four great observatories.