Wow...just wow. The folks here at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have outdone themselves with the Atlantis exhibit. It is nothing short of phenomenal, although as an extreme space geek I am likely a bit biased.
Atlantis is housed in its own building, its easy to spot with the SRB and main tank stack sitting out front. Once you enter there are two films, one with background on the Space Shuttle program development up to the first launch. Then film two is in a second room with a great IMAX style wrap around projection. There is some great mission video and then the big reveal..... I won't spoil it for you but its awesome and very well done. Might have brought tears to my eyes, but I will never confirm it.
And there she is......
I stood in awe and studied the details for the rest of the afternoon. The docent Mike, who used to be Director of Center Operations at KSC, was rather amused I think that I was there for nearly four hours, time flies when your having fun I suppose.
Surrounding Atlantis are a plethora of interactive and interesting exhibits on the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station (ISS) and the Hubble Space Telescope. Even a re-entry slide and some mission simulators. There is really a lot to do and see here and no offense to the California Science Center where Endeavor is housed....but this blows that exhibit away. Its definitely a must see if you are anywhere on planet Earth and have a love of space.