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Space shuttle Atlantis goes on display

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The space shuttle Atlantis, with its payload bay doors open and its robotic arm extended as if it had just undocked from the International Space Station, went on display June 29 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of a comprehensive and interactive exhibit that covers NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program.

The $100 million, 90,000-square-foot attraction has more than 60 touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators that tell about the shuttle and its role in launching the Hubble Space Telescope and building the International Space Station.

The exhibit lets visitors conduct a virtual space walk; dock to the space station; create sonic booms and glide down the re-entry slide; experience the sensation of floating in space; and strap into the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is the centerpiece of the 10-year master plan developed by Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts.