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Revealing Atlantis: Shrink-wrapped space shuttle uncovered for display
[i]How do you un-shrink-wrap a space shuttle?
As workers at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex learned Thursday (April 25), very slowly and very carefully.
NASA's retired space shuttle Atlantis, which since November has been covered in 16,000 square feet (1,486 square meters) of white plastic was partially revealed Thursday at the Florida spaceport's visitor center. The planned day-long process to unwrap the orbiter stretched into two — work will pick up again Friday morning — and required cherry pickers, vacuum cleaners, box cutters and patience.
"This is the very first step in unveiling Atlantis," said Tim Macy, director of project development and construction for Delaware North Parks and Resorts, which runs the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA. "She has been in a plastic 16-millimeter-thick cocoon."[/i]
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