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Friday, November 2, 2012

An artist's concept of space shuttle Atlantis on display inside her new museum exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Visitor Complex in Florida.
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Atlantis is now home... Amid a throng of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) workers, their families, friends and fireworks, the orbiter Atlantis finally arrived at her final resting place at the KSC Visitor Complex in Florida, after an hours-long journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building to her new $100 million exhibit earlier today. Even though KSC itself won't truly be worth visiting again till 2015 (when other commercial spacecraft such as the Boeing CST-100 join SpaceX's Dragon in soaring to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral) or 2017 (when NASA's Space Launch System lifts off on its inaugural flight to the Moon from Launch Complex 39B), folks visiting the Visitor Complex will have an awesome exhibit to check out once Atlantis officially goes on display next July.

Space shuttle Atlantis prepares to head to her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex after exiting the Vehicle Assembly Building, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Tony Gray

Discovery is sitting nicely inside the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, Endeavour has begun inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers who are visiting her at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Enterprise...needs to be repaired following the damage she sustained in New York City during Superstorm Sandy (take a deep breath and relax, Dayton and Houston), and Atlantis will soon impart her own legacy to the public in 2013. The space shuttle program is truly history.

Space shuttle Atlantis is driven away from KSC as she heads to her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

Space shuttle Atlantis is about to approach KSC Headquarters as she heads to her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

Little kids watch as space shuttle Atlantis continues her journey to her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

Space shuttle Atlantis is about to arrive at her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

Space shuttle Atlantis arrives at her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex, on November 2, 2012.
NASA TV

Space shuttle Atlantis' journey to her final home at the KSC Visitor Complex concludes with fireworks, on November 2, 2012.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

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