NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex hosted Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey to commemorate the move of space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy to its final destination for permanent display at KSC’s Visitor Complex on Friday, Nov. 2. The event highlighted the past, present, and future of space exploration while marking the successful completion of the Space Shuttle Program.
The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration. NASA also hopes that this will enlighten the public about the present and future explorations of space to reinvigorate pop culture with the spirit that once dominated United States media attention.
We had the opportunity for a special “hard hat tour” of the new Atlantis Exhibit building, witnessed the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at Space Florida’s Exploration Park, and saw Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home at the KSC Visitor Complex. We also saw featured space flight hardware and other launch support vehicles from the past, present and future of space exploration and listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program; toured NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center to learn about NASA’s current and future programs; and experienced a host of interactive activities and exhibits from NASA Centers around the country.
I wrote about this project on my blog as well as for the WRAC department at Michigan State University, including the struggle to get out of New York after the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy:
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