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Photos: Rare Last Look Inside Shuttle Atlantis

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

© collectSPACE/Robert Z. Pearlman

Space shuttle Atlantis, which flew the final mission of NASA's 30-year shuttle program in July 2011, is now being prepared to be publically displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Follow along with SPACE.com partner Robert Pearlman, editor of collectspace.com, as he takes one last look inside the shuttle.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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The commander's (left) and pilot's (right) controls aboard Atlantis' flight deck.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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The commander's (left) and pilot's (right) controls aboard Atlantis' flight deck.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

Atlantis' aft flight deck's displays and controls were used for rendezvous, docking, payload deployment and retrieval, payload monitoring, robotic arm operations, payload bay door operations and closed-circuit television operations.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

Atlantis' aft flight deck's displays and controls were used for executing attitude or translational maneuvers for rendezvous, docking, payload deployment and retrieval, payload monitoring, robotic arm operations, payload bay door operations and closed-circuit television operations.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

Atlantis' aft flight deck's displays and controls were used for executing attitude or translational maneuvers for rendezvous, docking, payload deployment and retrieval, payload monitoring, robotic arm operations, payload bay door operations and closed-circuit television operations.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

Switches on the space shuttle Atlantis' middeck.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Atlantis' middeck, where technicians have already removed the crew equipment lockers, seats, galley, and toilet. The ladders to either side lead to the flight deck. On the far wall, normally hidden by the middeck lockers, are the orbiter's avionics control boxes.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Atlantis' middeck. Here, the crew access hatchway is seen to right, and the airlock hatchway is center. The toilet compartment, now empty, is behind the ladder to the right.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Atlantis' closed hatchway inside the airlock that led to the docking adapter used to enter the International Space Station.

See more of Robert Pearlman's final tour of space shuttle Atlantis here: Rare Final Look Inside Atlantis.

Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

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The view through the open airlock hatchway out into Atlantis' 60-foot-long payload bay. Seen mounted to the left sill of the cargo hold, the orbiter boom extension system, which was used in tandem with the robotic arm to inspect Atlantis' heat shield. The Canadarm robotic arm was removed from the left sill the day before these photos were taken to be shipped to Johnson Space Center in Houston for possible future use in space.

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