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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Florida’s Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll signs a wall of the White Room during a tour of Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1.  The room affords access to the shuttle as it is undergoing processing in the facility. Everyone visiting the interior of the shuttle – astronauts, technicians and guests alike - is given the opportunity to “autograph” a wall of the room.     The tour coincided with Carroll’s visit to Kennedy for a meeting with Cabana. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 2013. The groundbreaking for Atlantis’ exhibit hall took place in January Atlantis is scheduled to be moved to the visitor complex in November. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2012-1966

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Florida’s Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll signs a wall of the White Room during a tour of Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1. The room affords access to the shuttle as it is undergoing processing in the facility. Everyone visiting the interior of the shuttle – astronauts, technicians and guests alike - is given the opportunity to “autograph” a wall of the room. The tour coincided with Carroll’s visit to Kennedy for a meeting with Cabana. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 2013. The groundbreaking for Atlantis’ exhibit hall took place in January Atlantis is scheduled to be moved to the visitor complex in November. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2012-1966

 
 
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Florida’s Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll signs a wall of the White Room during a tour of Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1. The room affords access to the shuttle as it is undergoing processing in the facility. Everyone visiting the interior of the shuttle – astronauts, technicians and guests alike - is given the opportunity to “autograph” a wall of the room. The tour coincided with Carroll’s visit to Kennedy for a meeting with Cabana. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 2013. The groundbreaking for Atlantis’ exhibit hall took place in January Atlantis is scheduled to be moved to the visitor complex in November. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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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