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.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting Fentanyl, Meth Dealers
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.READ MORE: Affordable Housing Art Deco Style In Little Havana
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.MORE NEWS: Residents Living Near Sharp Curve Along NW 87 Terrace Fed Up With Constant Crashes
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