Workers unwrap space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center

Published On: Apr 25 2013 05:01:58 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 06:42:42 PM EDT
Atlantis
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -

Crews removed the shrink wrap from the space shuttle Atlantis Thursday morning for the first time in its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The shuttle was wrapped in plastic so it wouldn't get damaged during the construction process. Atlantis has been enclosed in 16,000 square feet of protective plastic shrink wrap since its Nov. 2 move from Kennedy Space Center to the Visitor Complex

Workers at the exhibit are excited to show off the exhibit and open the space up to the public.

"She's been in space 33 times, got a couple little dents on her like the rest of us and when we open it up I think you're going to be very impressed," said Tim Macy, project director.

The $100 million, 90,000-square-foot exhibit is set to open on June 29.

Next week, Atlantis will be inspected and prepared for display as the final phase of work on the attraction continues.