1171-Space Shuttle Atlantis – Merritt Island, FL

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis flew 33 missions for NASA from 1985 – 2011. By the end of its final mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 miiles or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Atlantis also delivered several vital components for the construction of the International Space Station. In May 2009 Atlantis flew a seven member crew to the Hubble Space Telescope for its Servicing Mission 4, STS-125. The mission was a success, with the crew completing five space walks totaling 37 hours to install new cameras, batteries, a gyroscope and other components to the telescope. (Mostly stolen from the web).

The shuttle presentation is emotional. You first enter a room and watch a movie about the early development of the shuttle program. Then doors open and you enter another large room to watch a surround movie experience on the shuttle Atlantis. As the heroic music crescendos, a curtain quickly rises revealing the front of Atlantis. The music soars as theatrical lighting changes colors on the white shuttle and you are guided in to stand in awe at the most complicated flying machine every built.

This experience is a must see for anyone interested in space travel.

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