Saturday, April 21, in a ceremony set beneath space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, two veteran astronauts were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®.
Thomas D. Jones, PhD and Captain Scott D. Altman, who have each demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in furthering NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery, brought the total number of astronauts in this prestigious society to 97.
Both Dr. Jones and Captain Altman have had illustrious careers centered around their love of space and science:
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, four space shuttle astronauts will be inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame during a public ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction.
This year marks the historic 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was conceived in the 1980s by the six remaining Mercury astronauts as a place where space explorers could be remembered. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle astronauts.
The Kennedy Space Center will be sealing a time capsule within a wall of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on September 9, and the public is welcome to watch.
Inside the time capsule are items related to NASA’s 30-year shuttle program, including a “Mission Accomplished” bear from the final shuttle mission (STS-135 Atlantis), a Kennedy Space Center director’s coin, a mission patch for every shuttle mission, lanyard, official souvenir book and NASA meatball sticker.
The capsule is not scheduled to be opened until 2061.
The time capsule ceremony starts at 10am, and is included in general admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-313-2610 and visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.
On Saturday, June 29, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex held opening ceremonies for their newest exhibit, Space Shuttle Atlantis. In attendance were NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and KSC Director Bob Cabana, both previous shuttle astronauts, and over 40 NASA astronauts.
It is now the world’s most comprehensive and interactive attraction devoted to NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
Inside, guests to KSC will find the Space Shuttle Atlantis with cargo bay doors open and tilted on a 43.21-degree angle to allow easier viewing inside. Because the payload bay doors were not designed to be opened in Earth’s gravity, a complex process was developed to support and suspend the doors using steel cables.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is included with regular admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
If you’d like to watch the opening ceremonies, KSC was kind enough to share this video with us:
Kennedy Space Center is putting the finishing touches on their new Space Shuttle Atlantisattraction, and they have announced that they will be installing a full-size, high-fidelity version of the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the exhibit.
The replica cuts through two stories of the attraction, and measures 43 feet long and 14 feet in diameter. Its fully deployed solar arrays extend an additional 7 feet on each side.
“Guests can get a feel for the incredible size of the telescope and will be able to view the Hubble replica from very close up, just as they will do with Atlantis,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
This $100 million attraction, opening June 29, will shine the spotlight on NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program and its accomplishments, most notably the deployment and servicing missions for the Hubble Space Telescope and the launch and assembly of the International Space Station.
Kennedy Space Center is one step closer to opening it’s Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit with the unwrapping of the shuttle that occurred last week on April 25, 2013.
Atlantis has been enclosed in 16,000 square feet of protective plastic shrink wrap since its Nov. 2 move from Kennedy Space Center to the Visitor Complex. Specialists first cut the shrink wrap into sections, and then lifted it away in a dramatic reveal of much of Atlantis, including the forward fuselage.
If you want to see what that looked like, KSC has released a video showing the unwrapping of Atlantis.
On Saturday, April 20, we were at the Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the latest inductions to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. The same day, media representatives were invited to tour the construction site that is now home to Space Shuttle Atlantis.
This $100 million project will showcase not only the orbiter itself, but will tell the story of the entire shuttle program, the people and jobs that served behind the program to make it such a success, the role it played in building the International Space Station as well as the launch and upkeep of the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the shuttle program has paved the way for future space exploration.
Atlantis, the last shuttle to fly in space, made her final trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in November of 2012, and crews have been working since that time to get the orbiter into position and ready for the grand opening this summer. With the opening of this exhibit, visitors to the KSC will be able to experience the space shuttle “in-flight” – appearing much as she did when orbiting in space.
Atlantis has been raised 30 feet off of the ground and rotated 43 degrees, and will have the payload bay doors open, giving it the appearance of space flight. Visitors will be able to walk around the orbiter and because of the way she is displayed, will feel as though they can reach out and touch Atlantis from the balcony surrounding the centerpiece. Theatrical lighting and dramatic video will enhance the feeling of being in space, and various hands-on exhibits in the balcony will let guests “look” inside the shuttle to see the crew compartment, cockpit, and other details.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced that it will open the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit on June 29, 2013.
This $100 million project will feature the shuttle as its centerpiece. Atlantis will be suspended off the ground and placed at a 43-degree angle with its payload doors open and its robotic arm extended.
The 90,000-square-foot exhibit will also include 60 interactive stations detailing the history of the space shuttle program.
“Although the multimillion-dollar interactive exhibit encompasses much, much more than the display of Atlantis, there is no denying, she is truly the star of the show,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We know that this majestic beauty, which safely ferried men and women to space and back on 33 successful missions, is the real reason that our guests will travel thousands of miles, across oceans and across continents to visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to see her in all her glory. There are no words to accurately describe the emotions and insights guests will gain when this attraction opens this summer, for there has truly never been anything like it before.”
Atlantis was rolled to its new home in a ceremony we covered last November. It has been covered in shrink wrap since then to protect it from construction dust and debris, and will be unwrapped in May, prior to the exhibit opening.