This is the future home of Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
This is Enterprise at the Smithsonian (as seen in 1996). Enterprise never flew to space, it was used for flight and landing testing only. Enterprise doesn’t have insulating fabric or protective thermal tiles.
Enterprise was relocated to New York City, and Discovery is now on display at the Smithsonian. Note the patchwork of scorched insulating fabric. Some of the panels look new, and it is easy to think that these panels were replaced after Discovery’s last flight.
Another common assumption is that some of the thermal tiles were replaced before Discovery went to the Smithsonian. You can see a patchwork of older and newer tiles in this photo of Discovery shortly after its last landing. (NASA Photo)
One of Discovery’s final crew members takes a final look at the external tank fuel connector. The door slams shut when the external tank is released, and seals the area with thermal tiles. (NASA Photo)
Here’s a short video showing the ongoing construction:
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website has a live construction webcam you can check anytime at kennedyspacecenter.com/atlantis