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Space Shuttle Atlantis on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Space Shuttle Atlantis in her final home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for the first time.

While on a business trip to the Space Coast this week I was able to stop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and finally got to see the Atlantis exhibit. The last time I had seen Atlantis (OV-104), she was about to get shrink-wrapped while they built the exhibit around the orbiter. And wow, what a great job they did! You truly have to experience the exhibit to believe it. Sadly, the Space Shuttles are no longer flying but Atlantis is truly “home”!

Bravo Zulu Discovery!

The Space Shuttle Discovery made a successful landing on Friday at 17:32:00 EST. After the first landing attempt at Kennedy Space Center was waved off due to the weather it looked like Discovery was going to have to land at Edwards AFB or worse White Sands. But fortunately Kennedy’s weather cleared just in time for the second landing attempt at KSC. This is great news for Discovery and NASA since it will be much easier (and quicker) to turn around Discovery for it’s late Fall 2007 launch. The landing was perfect and although it was overcast the Shuttle landing was beautiful as always. For some great video’s of the landing visit NASA TV over the next few days for the STS-116 highlights and video files or view the landing video here.

BTW, for some VERY funny jokes (aka the Sunday Funnies) check out Flight Day 13′s Execute Package here. Most of these will require a minimal understanding of MCC Flight Operations.

At 08:47:04 PM EST tonight the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Launch Pad 39B* at Cape Canaveral and “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God”.

Congratulations Discovery!

* STS-116 was the last scheduled launch of a Space Shuttle from Launch Pad 39B. Until STS-125 Launch Pad 39B will be kept on standby in case of an STS-3xx (rescue) mission but afterwards will enter a renovation period for the new Ares I launch vehicle