The time will soon be here when we may all have the opportunity to take a trip to outer space.
After completing 33 missions and traveling 126,000,000 miles the Space Shuttle Atlantis is displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.
ATLANTIS, AT A GLANCE:
- Atlantis launched for the first time on October 3, 1985.
- Starting with STS-71, Atlantis pioneered the Shuttle-Mir missions, flying the first seven missions to dock with the Russian space station.
- Atlantis delivered several vital components to the ISS, including the U.S. laboratory module, Destiny and multiple sections of the Integrated Truss structure that makes up the station’s backbone.
- Atlantis ferried and deployed the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the second of NASA’s great observatories, in 1991.
- Her final mission, also the final Space Shuttle Program mission, carried more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, spare equipment, and other supplies to the ISS, including 2,677 pounds of food. It also brought back nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded materials from the station, back to Earth.
- Atlantis completed 33 missions and logged more than 126 million miles and 307 days in space.
For more information visit: Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is located in Cape Canaveral, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Plan to spend a day or two. Although your feet will be grounded on Earth it is really a “out of this world” interesting time.
Have a happy day 🙂