CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — A who’s-who of NASA officials, astronauts, and former astronauts gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Saturday to get an up-close view of the last space shuttle to travel to space.

The Atlantis exhibit opened on Saturday, the first time the public can see a space shuttle tilted at a deliberate angle, as in liftoff. It’s the centerpiece of a $100 million attraction dedicated to the entire 30-year program.

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Astronaut Leland Melvin told WFTV in Orlando that a tear formed in the corner of his eye when he saw the shuttle. Melvin was one of the more than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis and attended the opening.

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Also on display is a life-size replica of the Hubble Space Telescope and astronaut-captured images of the International Space Station.

The complex is an hour’s drive east of Orlando.

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