Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit opens

The grand opening on June 29, 2013, was attended by a massive crowd and more than 40 astronauts representing all 33 of Atlantis' missions to space. It "launched" with a bang as sparks and smoke appeared to furl out of the humongous life-size fuel tank and solid rocket boosters guarding the entrance to the Atlantis building at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (space.com)

This June 20, 2013 photo shows space shuttle Atlantis on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
This June 20, 2013 photo shows space shuttle Atlantis on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
This June 20, 2013 photo shows space shuttle Atlantis on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit 'Breathtaking,' NASA Fans Say
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Crowds come face to face with the space shuttle Atlantis June 29, 2013, on opening day of its exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit 'Breathtaking,' NASA Fans Say
Crowds come face to face with the space shuttle Atlantis June 29, 2013, on opening day of its exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Sofia and Matthew Bogle, ages 9 and 6, and John John Humphries, 5, dressed up for the opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 29, 2013.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit 'Breathtaking,' NASA Fans Say
Sofia and Matthew Bogle, ages 9 and 6, and John John Humphries, 5, dressed up for the opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 29, 2013.
Smoke billows from the replica solid rocket boosters outside the new "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit, marking the "launch" of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attraction in Florida, June 29, 2013.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit 'Breathtaking,' NASA Fans Say
Smoke billows from the replica solid rocket boosters outside the new "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit, marking the "launch" of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attraction in Florida, June 29, 2013.
Space shuttle Atlantis models, including a limited edition model signed by Atlantis' final commander Chris Ferguson, are offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
Space shuttle Atlantis models, including a limited edition model signed by Atlantis' final commander Chris Ferguson, are offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
"Space Shuttle Atlantis" shirts, jackets, caps and mugs, among other souvenirs, are offered in the new "Shuttle Express" shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
"Space Shuttle Atlantis" shirts, jackets, caps and mugs, among other souvenirs, are offered in the new "Shuttle Express" shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space shuttle Atlantis models, including a limited edition model signed by Atlantis' final commander Chris Ferguson, are offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
Space shuttle Atlantis models, including a limited edition model signed by Atlantis' final commander Chris Ferguson, are offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
"Space Shuttle Atlantis" shirts, jackets, caps and mugs, among other souvenirs, are offered in the new "Shuttle Express" shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
"Space Shuttle Atlantis" shirts, jackets, caps and mugs, among other souvenirs, are offered in the new "Shuttle Express" shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, workers put the finishing touches on the entrance to the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this June 20, 2013 photo, an astronaut is mounted overhead in the space shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 900,000 square-foot facility centering around Atlantis will open to the public June 29. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens with Support from Souvenirs
Space shuttle Atlantis, as displayed inside the new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit that opened Saturday, June 29, 2013, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

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