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Editor's note: This topic is intended for updates and discussion about space shuttle Atlantis' display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

For general discussion about exhibiting NASA's retired space shuttles or about other venues, please see the appropriate other topics.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Awarded Space Shuttle Atlantis

NASA officials announced today that Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been selected to permanently display space shuttle Atlantis upon retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis, one of three orbiters in the space shuttle fleet, will fly the last scheduled space shuttle mission before being retired in 2011.

Above: A concept drawing showing space shuttle Atlantis as the centerpiece of a new exhibit showcasing the Space Shuttle Program. The display shows the orbiter in its on-orbit configuration, with the cargo bay doors open and robotic arm extended.

"This is a proud moment for space shuttle workers, Brevard County and Florida," said Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, upon news of the announcement. "We are honored to be entrusted with space shuttle Atlantis, to preserve this remarkable national treasure and share the space shuttle story with millions of visitors from around the world."

The $100 million exhibit for Atlantis will be the marquee element of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's 10-year master plan. Initial design concepts for the 65,000 square-foot home for the space-flown orbiter include viewing the space shuttle "in flight," showing how the spacecraft worked in space and providing a unique vantage point for guests to look at the complex vehicle up close. Complementing the orbiter display will be interactive features reflecting major accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

About the orbiter home, Moore stated, "Plans are underway to create a home for Atlantis that is as much about the thousands of people who have worked on the Space Shuttle Program as the space shuttle itself. Guests will be close enough to almost touch this real space flown orbiter."

Officials with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex plan to break ground on Atlantis' new home in 2012 with a grand opening planned for 2013. The orbiter home will be located in the Shuttle Plaza at the main Visitor Complex; incorporating the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located just east of Orlando and is the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida's most popular destinations. It's a 70-acre arena of inspirational, educational and entertaining experiences. More than 1.5 million visitors annually tour Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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NASA to Enhance Shuttle Story at Kennedy with Atlantis

For decades, NASA has shared the excitement, emotions, dreams and remarkable feat of voyaging out beyond the reaches of Earth's gravity in the world's first reusable spacecraft. In retirement, space shuttle Atlantis will help the agency bring that story to life for generations to come from its launch site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"Not only will the workers who sent it into space so many times have a chance to still see it," NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said to cheers and applause while standing in front of Atlantis outside Kennedy's Orbiter Processing Facility-1, "the millions of visitors who come here every year to learn more about space and to be a part of the excitement of exploration will be able to see what is still a great rarity -- an actual flown space vehicle."

After hearing the news, Kennedy's Center Director Bob Cabana said to Bolden, "Thank you so much for trusting us with the care of Atlantis. I promise you, we'll take good care of her."

On the day that NASA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch -- Columbia's STS-1 mission on April 12, 1981 -- the space agency and its design partners received the "go" they've been hoping for with the announcement that a shuttle will join rockets, capsules and artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo eras at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

"This is a really, really big artifact that will really bring the legacy of what Kennedy has meant to people locally and around the world," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the visitor complex. "I think it ties in just absolutely perfectly to what the history of the visitor complex means."

Inside a new 65,000-square-foot facility in the heart of the complex's Space Shuttle Plaza, the 100-ton shuttle is expected to look like its soaring through space, with its landing gear raised and payload bay opened. Anchored at an angle, guests would get an up-close view of Atlantis' belly and the thousands of black heat shield tiles that allowed the shuttle to travel more than 115 million miles and through Earth's harsh atmosphere. The shuttle's robot arm also could be deployed, as if reaching out to a satellite.

"We plan on adding to the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction and enhancing the storytelling with what will become a very, very large addition to this complex," said Luis Berrios, a NASA design specialist working with the visitor complex's development team.

Berrios and his teammates envision the facility as a super-charged, space shuttle-themed science center with interactive exhibits to engage, entertain and inspire even the world's most tech-savvy audience. And while these new exhibits will shimmer, Atlantis is expected to keep every bit of wear-and-tear it encountered on its 32 -- or 33 at the time of retirement -- journeys into space.

The display could reveal the way shuttle crews performed science and research experiments in the weightlessness of space and how the shuttle was the go-to vehicle for transporting International Space Station laboratories, modules and solar panels to low Earth orbit.

During the announcement ceremony, the station's Expedition 27 crew thanked the NASA team for its hard work and dedication to the shuttle program.

"We will miss the capabilities and the beauty of the space shuttle. It has been a national icon for innovation and exploration for 30 years, but its legacy and yours lives on in the work that we do here on the ISS," said NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman. Designers also are looking to convey how the shuttle and its crew members deployed, retrieved and serviced satellites -- much like Atlantis did two years ago on the shuttle's final servicing mission to NASA's treasured Hubble Space Telescope.

Berrios described one of his favorite milestones in shuttle history -- Bruce McCandless flying untethered for the first time with the manned maneuvering unit (MMU) to retrieve a pair of communications satellites in 1984 -- and what it would feel like to share that experience with generations to come.

"What must that have felt like for him? It must have been amazing," Berrios said.

Designers also want to paint a picture of just how many working parts it took to launch NASA's space shuttle fleet. There are many features that could be worked into the display to help guests appreciate the shuttle system as a whole, including the solid rocket boosters and giant external fuel tank.

Even structures saved during the deconstruction of Kennedy's Launch Pad 39B could be incorporated, such as the gaseous oxygen vent arm, called the "beanie cap," and the orbiter access arm, which is replete with the memories of astronauts walking through before waving farewell and boarding a shuttle for liftoff.

While the spacecraft and its myriad of components will be the main attraction, designers also dove deep into the human aspect of the program. "We treat our orbiters like our own family members and they're very close to our hearts," Berrios said. "That is probably the most important component of our storytelling -- to let the world know how passionate our Space Shuttle Program has been to our whole NASA family, all of its civil servants and contractors, and all the other sister centers that have played a huge role in making Kennedy Space Center the launch site to deliver the future for over 30 years."

Annually, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex reaches more than 1.5 million guests and by adding a flown shuttle to the mix, it's expecting a major boost in attendance. It's not just about the number of people who will flock to see the space-flown shuttle, though, Moore said, it's about touching the lives of NASA's future engineers, scientists and explorers.

"I really like hearing about the rides on the way home when the kids say, 'Mom, did you know?'" Moore said. "Those conversations are priceless and we're setting the stage for these kids' future in a big way."

Atlantis is scheduled to round out the shuttle program this year with its last flight -- STS-135. After its return from space, technicians and engineers will spend a few months prepping the vehicle for public display -- paving the way for a grand opening as early as the summer of 2013.

"This is the home of human spaceflight, it's the home of the space shuttle," Cabana said. "To be able to share that excitement, that story with all our visitors to inspire the next generation of explorers . . . it's huge in being able to tell the story of human spaceflight and of NASA. I think it's outstanding that Atlantis gets to stay here with us and not leave after her last flight."

NASA's remaining shuttles will embark on longer journeys to reach their final destinations and Bolden congratulated the institutions that will have the unique opportunity to share a large piece of space history with the world by saying, "Take good care of our vehicles. They've served the nation well and we at NASA have a deep and abiding relationship and love affair with them that's hard to put into words."

Shuttle Discovery will go to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., for exhibition. Endeavour will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and Enterprise will be featured at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Bolden said many of the applicant institutions will receive significant shuttle hardware and artifacts to share with visitors.

"Even though the space shuttles aren't going to fly anymore, they're still going to launch the dreams of future exploration," Berrios said. "Thousands of years from now, it'll be the same process -- smart, courageous people doing amazing things."

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I like that you can see the bottom tiles with how Atlantis is displayed. The entire TPS reads like a mosaic of her missions as some elements date back to the first mission. Others are more recent. Still others will only have one flight on them (STS-135).

Granted other portions of the interactive exhibits will tell the story, but the most important part of that story will be the old girl herself.

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That is an interesting graphic of the underside of the shuttle... great perspective. I am also glad to see the ET beanie cap displayed adjacent to the shuttle... that will provide good context.

But what is up with those mini-shuttles on the ground floor? I hope that they are shuttle bumper cars... because that would be awesome.

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KSC really did their homework in designing a great display for the shuttle Atlantis. I can't wait to see Atlantis in all of her glory.

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The display appears to be absolutely striking. Where is the $100 million USD coming from though? Just curious.

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To quote last year's press release announcing the plans for the $100 million exhibit (which itself is part of a $160 master plan expansion for the Visitor Complex):
...funded through revenue generated by visitor admission, food and retail sales at no tax payer expense.
The $60 million Shuttle Launch Experience was financed similarly.

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I'm really glad to see that "Atlantis" will be going to KSC. She was the only shuttle I saw rising into the Florida sky, and I look forward to meeting up with her again after 2013.

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I just finished reading the NASA Office of Inspector General's review of NASA's selection of display locations for the space shuttle orbiters. In the document starting on page 24 it give some insight as to how the orbiters will be displayed.

I thought I would post excerpts from that report here for those who would not have read the report or made it to the final few pages.

NASA selected the Kennedy Visitor Complex for placement of Atlantis.

After Atlantis returned from its final mission on July 21, 2011, NASA began the after-mission processing and "safing" preparation activities and plans to complete all processing activities required for display by September 2012. Atlantis will then be stored in Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building until February 2013, with tour-group viewing opportunities during that period.

The Visitor Complex is currently negotiating with Kennedy Space Center officials for an additional storage period at a suitable Center facility until the permanent display facility is ready.

As currently planned, Atlantis will be moved to its permanent facility in February 2013 and will be ready for permanent display in July 2013. The Visitor Complex plans to display Atlantis in a raised, tilted, horizontal position in its permanent facility.

The Visitor Complex submitted its logistics plan on August 5, 2011. The exhibit and finance plans are due by the end of August 2011, and initial funding is due in February 2012.

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NASA's Fla. visitor center clearing way for shuttle arrival

Construction workers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida began clearing a path Tuesday (Nov. 29) for the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis, which is slated to go on display there in 2013.

Employing a pair of large cranes, workers from Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging lowered the first of two 100,000 pound (45,359 kg.) solid rocket boosters (SRB's) off of its exhibit stand and onto a transporter. Over the next couple of days, the construction crews will remove the second booster and an 87,000 pound (39,462 kg.) external tank that for more than a decade has been on prominent display at the Visitor Complex.

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Our NASA's Fla. visitor center clearing way for Atlantis' arrival image gallery has now been updated with photographs showing the second solid rocket booster and external tank being removed.

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The ET and SRB's will be going to L.A. along with Endeavour.
The California Science Center has won a new companion exhibit to the space shuttle Endeavour: the shuttle's external tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

The tank –- the orange cylindrical structure affixed to the shuttle's belly at launch –- and twin solid rocket boosters had been displayed at the Kennedy Space Complex visitors center, officials told The Times last week.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
Groundbreaking Ceremony at Future Home of Space Shuttle Atlantis

First Groundbreaking for Shuttle Exhibit Nationwide

NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future home of the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This ceremony will mark the first time a space shuttle recipient has broken ground on a new, permanent exhibit dedicated to displaying a flown orbiter.

The $100 million, 65,000 square foot exhibit for space shuttle Atlantis will be the marquee element of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's 10-year master plan. The Atlantis exhibit will tell the story of the 30 year Space Shuttle Program, while providing a unique vantage point for guests to look at the complex vehicle up-close.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. EST. Speakers will include:

  • Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Janet Petro, Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center
  • Jeremy M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North Companies
  • Chris Ferguson, Commander, STS-135, Atlantis
  • The Honorable Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida

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NASA spaceport breaks ground for shuttle Atlantis display

The final astronaut to lead a space shuttle mission returned to his launch and landing site on Wednesday (Jan. 18) to help in breaking the ground for his spacecraft's future public display.

Chris Ferguson, who commanded the final flight of shuttle Atlantis last July, joined NASA and Florida state officials at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Cape Canaveral for a ceremonial ground breaking for the $100 million, 65,000-square-foot exhibit dedicated to the retired winged orbiter.

Billed as the marquee element of the visitor complex's ten year master plan, the Atlantis exhibit will tell the story of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program, while providing a unique vantage point for guests to see the historic vehicle up-close...

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Construction update for the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit. Photos credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
May 17, 2012

(More construction status photographs coming. Also see here.)

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The ET/SRB sculpture with an outline of an orbiter is beautiful! What a great idea.

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The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex now has a time-lapse camera view of the construction of its Atlantis exhibition building.

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I would like to know how they are going to open Atlantis's payload bay doors and keep them open. Since they could only open them in the OPFs or at the pad in the payload room.

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Orlando Attractions magazine looks at the construction progress of the new home for Atlantis (recorded July 14, 2012):

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Atlantis gets moved on November 2nd, and the exhibit doesn't open until July 2013. Does anyone know if the public will be able to see it at all from Nov. 2012 till July of 2013?

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My understanding from speaking with the Visitor Complex is that Atlantis will not be accessible until the opening of its exhibit.

They will erect the fourth wall of the facility after Atlantis is inside and the next time the orbiter will be visible to the public is when the exhibit doors open.

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I can't help but notice the people behind the orbiter in this painting, the artist who created this seriously misunderstood the size of the Atlantis in scale with the people!

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What is the lifting method they will use to mount the shuttle on its viewing pedestal if roof is already in place, i.e. no overhead crane available?

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With the SRBs that were on display at KSC now moved to California, where will they get the display SRBs for the Atlantis display? Or are they building new replicas from scratch?

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The Visitor Complex is fabricating fiberglass replicas for the new exhibit.

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So, will the ET be a replica as well?

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Yes, also out of fiberglass. The external tank that was on display at Kennedy earlier is moving to the Wings of Dreams Museum, also in Florida.

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From today's (Sept. 5) space shuttle display article...
On Wednesday (Sept. 5), NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida conducted a ceremonial topping out of its future home for space shuttle Atlantis. Following a centuries-old workers' tradition, the ceremony included a tree being hoisted to the top of the six-story building.

...Wednesday's topping out ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrated the overall completion of a 90,000 square foot exhibit building to display space shuttle Atlantis. The event included the lifting of the final building beam to the top of the orbiter home, eight months after first breaking ground.

"The topping out of this building is a major milestone in the construction of the future home for Atlantis," said Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center's director. "The team is doing a tremendous job and I can't wait to see the finished product."

"Atlantis is going to look spectacular in her new home," he said in a statement.

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The external airlock/docking system mockup that was installed in Atlantis today looks extremely high-fidelity, particularly the outer insulation. The only thing I can see wrong with it at first glance is that the grey insulation on the docking system looks very off. Was any real hardware/insulation used in its construction, or was it completely fabricated by the visitor's center?

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Editor's note: For details of Atlantis' delivery to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Nov. 2, see this discussion thread.

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Now that Atlantis is inside its new (soon-to-be-named) exhibit building, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering its guests the opportunity to take a "sneak peek" at the orbiter in its new home.
Construction of the building will pause on weekends and weekday afternoons to enable guests to have an up-close look at Atlantis. Tour guides will escort the public through the construction zone, provide details about the orbiter's new exhibit, and allow visitors to take photos and pose in the secured area.

"We are excited to offer this rare opportunity for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex patrons," said Moore in a statement. "We know they'll cherish seeing Atlantis in this unique setting before construction is completed and the exhibit is unveiled to the world next July."

The "Sneak-a-Peek" tour of Atlantis in its new building will be offered:

  • Nov. 3 to 4: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT
  • Nov. 5 to 9: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
  • Nov. 10 to 11: 9 a.m. to 5.p.m. EDT

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I was there most of the day yesterday and saw nothing of the "Sneak-a-Peek" tour. I wish I would have wandered over there. I even overheard a fellow ask one of the security officers if it was possible to see Atlantis and was told that "no the building was a construction zone." I hate that I missed that chance.

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I was there most of the day yesterday and saw nothing of the "Sneak-a-Peek" tour I wish I would have wandered over there.
Maybe you should have wandered over because the tour must be taking place. A poster on CruiseCritic.com went yesterday and posted two photos located about half way down the page. If you can go back, I would. It's something to see.

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The "Sneak-A-Peek" tour wasn't announced until the day of the move, and then not until later in the day. It doesn't seem to be on the visitor complex website yet, either.

The only information was a press release, which came just in time to be included in our wrap story...

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I was at the visitor centre on Saturday and only after taking a trip out to the Saturn V centre the bus driver announced on the way back that any person was able to take a sneak peek at the shuttle. When I got off the bus I walked towards the building that was under construction, even then I thought it was a dead end and walked through a couple of emergency exit door until I reached the shuttle sitting in a construction site.

I counted the people inside and it was a total of six people an me, it was a fantastic feeling standing in front of the shuttle.

If it wasn't for the bus driver I would of never even considered going to the building.

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Space shuttle Atlantis has now been shrink wrapped to protect it as its exhibit building is completed...

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The rumor I heard was that Atlantis was going to be bubble-wrapped. I was looking forward to squishing all those millions of bubbles. But it was only shrink-wrapped.

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Pretty interesting! I really appreciate this kind of behind-the-scenes information (especially the pictures) you really only get on this site. Between the earthquake absorbers for Endeavour, and this type of care for protecting Atlantis, it's remarkable how well these facilities are caring for these national treasures.

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posted 11-16-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great pictures as always. I cannot wait to see this in person when it is completed.


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