Atlantis being prepped for permanent display

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Atlantis being prepped for permanent display

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

FOX 35 on Wednesday visited the Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where space shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for permanent display.

On Nov. 2, Atlantis will be transported atop the Orbiter Transport System along Kennedy's roadways en route to the visitor complex, where it will be housed until the display facility is completed.

The display facility will include a 90,000-square-foot exhibit hall at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  The $100 million exhibit is being built by Delaware North, which manages and operates the visitor complex.

Including the final shuttle mission, STS-135, Atlantis traveled nearly 126 million miles, orbited the Earth 4,848 times, and carried 207 astronauts into space along with several components to help construct the International Space Station.

Tim Macy, director of Project Development for the visitor complex, said the Atlantis exhibit is scheduled to open during the July Fourth weekend in 2013.

 

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website

 

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