Space shuttle Atlantis makes final journey

The last of the space agency's retired space shuttles to be museum-bound, Atlantis was rolled out of the 52-story VAB early Nov. 2 to leave on a day-long move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,

9.8 miles away. There, the orbiter will enter a new

$100 million display facility, still under construction, which is set to

open to the public in July 2013.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 18: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay holds the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module seen from the International Space Station before the two spacecraft undocked July 18, 2011 in space. The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 (CTC-2) which was delivered by JAXA's HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis and the port side wing of NASA space shuttle Atlantis (R) can be seen from the International Space Station July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight
IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis ring planet earth as the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay (L) and the solar array panel of the International Space Station are seen July 14, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis is on the last leg of a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

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