posted on Jul, 30 2013 @ 03:55 PM
reply to post by cody599
Nice, I had seen the video before but it's always nice to see it make the rounds again.
On the subject of Atlantis, the Atlantis exhibit recently opened at the Kennedy Space Center visitor center. I highly recommend it to all space
aficionados out there. The way they have displayed Atlantis is superb, the whole experience is probably the most incredible display of a spacecraft I
have ever seen. It really does look exactly like it did in orbit, and the result makes you feel like you're spacewalking right next to her (they even
left the space shuttle "dirty" - they didn't do anything to clean up the plasma scorching from her final re-entry, you can see the mileage she had put
on her). If you ever have the chance to visit KSC, the Atlantis exhibit alone is worth the price of admission if you're a space nut.
It's packed in the second picture because that was the grand opening day. It's not nearly that crowded on a normal day. I did get lots of pictures
of various astronauts who were in attendance that day, including the final commander of Atlantis, Chris Ferguson:
He kindly autographed my picture of his mission docked to ISS
Pictures really can't do it justice, you've seen the shuttle up close in pictures before, but to see it the way they introduce it and present it... it
put a lump in my throat. I wish they had given the beanie cap a more respectful display, but other than I really don't have any
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