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Space shuttle Atlantis ‘go’ for public viewing

June 27, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — The last U.S. space shuttle to soar makes its museum debut this weekend.

The Atlantis exhibit opens to the public Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It’s the centerpiece of a $100 million attraction dedicated to the entire 30-year shuttle program.

For the first time, people get to see a space shuttle in a pose previously beheld only by a few astronauts — in flight with its payload bay doors wide open and a robot arm outstretched.

More than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis planned to take part in the grand opening at the visitor complex.

Retired for two years, Atlantis is the last of NASA’s three space shuttles to go on public display.

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