11/2/2012
On Friday, 2 Nov., space shuttle Atlantis will make its final departure from the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is making a 10-mile journey from the assembly building to its new display site at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Atlantis arrived at Kennedy in April 1985. The spacecraft traveled 125,935,769 miles during 33 spaceflights, including 12 missions to the International Space Station. Its final flight, STS-135, closed out the Space Shuttle Program era upon landing on 21 July 2011. Since then, engineers have been preparing Atlantis for public display. A grand opening of Atlantis' new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is planned for July 2013. (Image Credit: NASA)
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