Photos: The Kennedy Space Center, NASA's Historic Spaceport

Shuttle Atlantis Displayed Under Construction Z. Pearlman/Space Shuttle Atlantis Under Wraps

Since entering its six-story exhibit building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida in November 2012, space shuttle Atlantis has been raised off the ground, shrink-wrapped in 16,000 square feet of plastic and tilted 43 degrees, the latter designed to give guests a view of what the shuttle looked like to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Opens Vehicle Assembly Building to Tours Z. Pearlman

Wide-angle view looking down the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Beginning Nov. 1, 2011, the public will again be allowed in the VAB after more than 30 years being closed to general tours.

NASA's Launch Control Center

NASA/Troy Cryder

The Launch Control Center (LCC) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is now being opened for public tours for the first time in more than 30 years.

Don Pettit at Angry Birds Space Encounter

NASA/Kim Shiflett

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, NASA astronaut Don Pettit stands near the entrance to the newest visitor attraction, Angry Birds Space Encounter, during the grand opening ceremony. Image released March 22, 2013.

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