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Special 30 Years of Atlantis event happening at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

by Banks Lee

Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Guests are invited to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Atlantis’ first launch at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this Saturday.

Exclusive “30 Years of Atlantis” events will be offered throughout the day and include watching a live version of the engaging video series “Tell Me A Story”; ongoing showings of the video “Reflections of Atlantis”; and meet and greets and signing opportunities with Atlantis astronauts Jerry Ross, Mike McCulley, Bo Bobko, Charlie Walker, Bob Springer and more.

On Oct. 3, 1985, Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on her first mission, STS 51-J. Atlantis was also the last orbiter to land at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011, concluding NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Today, Atlantis is in her new home – the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the visitor complex – displayed with her payload bay doors open.

Guests can pick up a free commemorative black and white photograph of Atlantis marking the 30th anniversary and have it signed by Atlantis astronauts with several opportunities throughout the day on the top floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Lithographs of the visiting astronauts are also available for purchase in the Space Shop.

The “Tell Me a Story” presentation on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis will offer legendary stories told by astronauts who flew aboard Atlantis.

“Reflections of Atlantis,” a video celebrating the iconic orbiter, will show every 15 minutes in the Hubble Theater. With a breathtaking view of the orbiter just a few feet away, the video features highlights of the 33 launches and missions completed by Atlantis and her astronaut crews.

All events listed above are included in admission. Tickets may be purchased at KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 877-634-0735.

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