Starting this weekend, visitors to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center will be able to see a space shuttle that flew in space more than thirty times up close. Jessica Palombo reports, the Port Canaveral space center is inaugurating a new $100 million exhibit centering on the Atlantis shuttle.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is billing the new Atlantis exhibit as “the world’s most comprehensive attraction focused on NASA’s space shuttle program.” The 90-thousand- square-foot exhibit invites visitors to "be an astronaut for a day." People can walk through a recreation of the International Space Station and use a simulator to feel what it’s like to be on a shuttle launch. The shuttle Atlantis, a veteran of 33 space flights, will be at the center of it all.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex operates on the revenue it generates through ticket, merchandise and food sales and doesn’t receive state funding.