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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Visitors to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are given the opportunity to view space shuttle Atlantis, which is in storage in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building VAB, during a bus tour originating from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  The shuttles are undergoing refurbishment for their transfer to locations around the country following the end of the Space Shuttle Program.  Atlantis will be displayed in 2013 in a new facility under construction at Kennedy’s visitor complex.    Public tours inside the VAB are being offered regularly through Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, the concessionaire managing Kennedy’s visitor complex. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy.  Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin KSC-2012-1665

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Visitors to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are given the opportunity to view space shuttle Atlantis, which is in storage in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building VAB, during a bus tour originating from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The shuttles are undergoing refurbishment for their transfer to locations around the country following the end of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis will be displayed in 2013 in a new facility under construction at Kennedy’s visitor complex. Public tours inside the VAB are being offered regularly through Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, the concessionaire managing Kennedy’s visitor complex. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy. Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin KSC-2012-1665

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Visitors to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are given the opportunity to view space shuttle Atlantis, which is in storage in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building VAB, during a bus tour originating from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The shuttles are undergoing refurbishment for their transfer to locations around the country following the end of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis will be displayed in 2013 in a new facility under construction at Kennedy’s visitor complex. Public tours inside the VAB are being offered regularly through Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, the concessionaire managing Kennedy’s visitor complex. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy. Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011, administered by NASA and officially beginning in 1972. The Space Shuttle system—composed of an orbiter launched with two reusable solid rocket boosters and a disposable external fuel tank— carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO). When its mission was complete, the orbiter would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and lands as a glider. Although the concept had been explored since the late 1960s, the program formally commenced in 1972 and was the focus of NASA's manned operations after the final Apollo and Skylab flights in the mid-1970s. It started with the launch of the first shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, on STS-1. and finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011.

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