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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to celebrate grand opening of Atlantis exhibit on June 29

by Banks Lee

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On Saturday, June 29, the world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is the new, 90,000-square-foot, $100 million home of the priceless, historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. The Visitor Complex will open at 9 a.m. on June 29, 2013 and grand opening events will take place throughout the day.

More than 30 Atlantis astronauts will participate in the grand opening, which will offer the public’s first access to the attraction. From only a few feet away, guests will be up-close with a 360-degree view of Atlantis. The shuttle is showcased as if it were in orbit – as only astronauts have had a chance to see it. Atlantis is elevated 30 feet off the ground and rotated at a 43.21-degree angle with its payload bay doors open and Canadarm (robotic arm) extended.

Space Shuttle Atlantis grand opening festivities are included in regular Visitor Complex admission: $50 for adults and $40 for children ages 3-11.

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Mike Holland June 19, 2013 - 7:48 am

My son (9) got to see the exhibit last week as part of “Camp KSC” and his reaction was “Jaw Dropping.” I had to get an AP so we can come back and see it after it opens.

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