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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #840 on: 03/06/2013 01:27 PM »
Space shuttle Atlantis under wraps as exhibit's boosters begin to rise
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With just about four months remaining before its public debut, the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida is taking shape both inside and out.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #841 on: 03/06/2013 06:13 PM »
With as close as she is to the railing, what will keep her protected from inaccurate people? Unless they plan on putting high glass panels around the 2nd level, I can see it now, kids throwing gum over the ledge, etc which would land on her wings. Do they plan on having high glass barriers around Atlantis to keep her shielded from society as a whole?

Also, do they still plan to have a giant screen on the back wall showing video of the earth rotating behind her to give the feel of orbit?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #842 on: 03/06/2013 06:39 PM »
Atlantis is just out of reach of visitors  and yes, there will be a glass railing along the edge, but were anyone to throw anything, it would just land on the people below.

And yes, there is a tremendous screen on the wall behind Atlantis' tail that will be projecting a high-definition view of the Earth rotating 'below.'


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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #843 on: 03/06/2013 06:49 PM »
Thanks for the answer, just seems with her OMS Pods so close to the edge of the platform and her wings just under it, I could see kids throwing things since she is literally it seems within arms reach ya know?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #844 on: 03/06/2013 06:57 PM »
The same could be said for any number of other spacecraft displays at Kennedy and just about every other museum around the world, yet you don't see gum stuck to the Apollo command modules or pennies lying on the wings of the Wright Flyer or any other such problems. That's why there are docents and guards and for that matter, parents.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #845 on: 03/06/2013 10:20 PM »
Wright Flyer is out of reach, Columbia is inside a plastic bubble. The NASM had to remove their Jenny from display in 2009 because of damage from people using it for target practice. It is now back on display at Udvar-Hazy.   http://blog.nasm.si.edu/aviation/saving-jenny/


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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #846 on: 03/08/2013 05:22 PM »
There were a couple incidents of people throwing stuff at Atlantis during the rollover at KSC. I was getting quite irritated with it.  >:(
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #847 on: 03/08/2013 05:56 PM »
Columbia is inside a plastic bubble.
I think you mean Enterprise. Columbia sadly is a collection of debris housed inside the VAB.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #848 on: 03/08/2013 06:22 PM »
Columbia is inside a plastic bubble.
I think you mean Enterprise. Columbia sadly is a collection of debris housed inside the VAB.

He means Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. It is inside a plastic shell at the NASM entrance in DC. To the right is John Glenn's Mercury capsule and to the left is Ed White's Gemini. All are in protective plastic.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #849 on: 03/24/2013 03:51 PM »
KSC-2013-1872 (03/19/2013) --- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has added the name "Atlantis" and American flag to the exterior of the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit scheduled to open June 29, 2013. Last November, the space shuttle Atlantis made its historic final journey to its new home, traveling 10 miles from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to the spaceport's visitor complex. The new $100 million Atlantis facility will be a 90,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit that tells the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and highlights the future of space exploration. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #850 on: 03/24/2013 10:54 PM »
Very nice touch.  I like that a lot.  Looks just like the name on the side of her (intended).
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #851 on: 03/25/2013 11:37 AM »
KSC-2013-1872 (03/19/2013) --- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has added the name "Atlantis" and American flag to the exterior of the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit scheduled to open June 29, 2013. Last November, the space shuttle Atlantis made its historic final journey to its new home, traveling 10 miles from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to the spaceport's visitor complex. The new $100 million Atlantis facility will be a 90,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit that tells the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and highlights the future of space exploration. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

I really like that signage!

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #852 on: 03/27/2013 01:14 PM »
I love it!

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #853 on: 03/30/2013 03:19 PM »
Thanks for the answer, just seems with her OMS Pods so close to the edge of the platform and her wings just under it, I could see kids throwing things since she is literally it seems within arms reach ya know?

If you think Atlantis is vulnerable, look at Endeavour inside her Pavilion. When I visited the California Science Center last November, I can recall many times where kids were told "not to jump and try to touch" the shuttle. Hopefully this won't be the case when the orbiter is placed vertically in her new exhibit years from now
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #854 on: 03/31/2013 11:58 PM »
Very nice touch.  I like that a lot.  Looks just like the name on the side of her (intended).

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #855 on: 04/01/2013 05:51 PM »
I was at the Udvar Hazy Center on Friday and noticed some large balls of something on Discovery's wings.  It was either GIANT dust bunnies or chewing gum.  She could definitely use a good dusting once in a while.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #856 on: 04/01/2013 06:31 PM »
That building looks nice, but I won't ever step in there. Even now those ships should be flying and working instead they are as worthless as the Jupiter booster in the outside missile garden, a monument to the stupidity of the US Government (as if we needed another one). 
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #857 on: 04/01/2013 10:16 PM »
     I second those sentiments.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #858 on: 04/02/2013 01:49 AM »
It's sad to know that 2-3 years ago, these great ships were launching into LEO at 17,500mph, and reentering the Earth as a fireball, but now just sitting.. Quietly collecting dust.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #859 on: 04/02/2013 08:53 AM »
This is an updates thread.

Please, take the sentiments to a more appropriate thread. Thank you.

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