KSC Atlantis exhibit gets official name, grand opening date

'Space Shuttle Atlantis' will open June 29, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit, officially named "Space Shuttle Atlantis," will open in June.

The 90,000-square-foot, $100 million home for space shuttle Atlantis will open June 29, 2013, boasting more than 60 interactive, immersive exhibits and simulators on the shuttle complex.

"We are so proud to partner with NASA to build the only place in the world to experience the remarkable voyage of Atlantis – one of the most storied spacecrafts in the U.S. space program. Without question, Kennedy Space Center is the best place to experience, learn about and be inspired by space exploration – past, present and future," said said Rick Abramson, who was president and chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is now president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. "With the addition of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the world-class Visitor Complex, visitors can now experience a space shuttle in "flight" – which is truly an engineering marvel."

The logo, a gradient of fiery oranges, will represent the shuttle's launch and re-entry to earth, according to Mike Konzen, principal of PGAV Destinations.

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