[Photo] Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center

In 2012 we reported about the Space Shuttle Orbiters being moved across the U.S. atop NASA’s modified Boeing 747 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft).

We followed Discovery’s trip over Washington DC on its way to the National Air & Space Museum, the Enterprise’s New York skyline flyover, and Endeavour’s California tour accompanied by two NASA’s F/A-18 Hornet.

Atlantis, the fourth orbiter built by Rockwell International and last one to be launched within the Shuttle program (as misison STS-135, launched on Jul. 8, 2011) did not move from Cape Canaveral, were it landed for the last time on Jul. 21, 2011 as it went to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex, on Nov. 2, 2012.

You can see it at the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, a new 90,000 square-foot, 100 million USD attraction of the KSC where, among all the other things, you can also experience the thrill of a Space Shuttle Launch simulator (quite funny!)


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.