This year Kennedy Space Center has opened the Space Shuttle Plaza – built to showcase the Space Shuttle Atlantis
Atlantis offers the full 30 year history of the shuttle programme through a mix of interactive media. Hands on and apparently immersive, the exhibit features Atlantis (which I actually saw launch in back in 2009) 1 of only 3 remaining Shuttles. The 6 storey building has 2 wings – 1 for the launch and 1 for the return. Even the outside of the building has been themed – clad in orange and gold to symbolise the re-entry, the inside has glittery tiles to remind us of the tiled underside of the of the orbiter.
The immersive experience also shines a spotlight on the astounding achievements made over the course of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program, most notably, the building of the International Space Station and the launch and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope.
KSC also celebrates the thousands of people who took part in creating and maintaining NASA’s five space-flown shuttles – Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour – and how the shuttle program has paved the way for NASA’s next generation of manned spaceflight programs.