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Photos: NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis on Display at KSC

Atlantis' Main Engines

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The main engines jut out behind the space shuttle Atlantis on dislay at its new exhibit.

Shuttle Heat Shield

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Walking below the shuttle Atlantis on display, the orbiter's protective heat shield tiles are visible, dinged and scratched from traveling through Earth's atmosphere.

Slide Through Re-Entry

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A slide in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition allows visitors to experience the slope the shuttle orbiters glided in on their return trips to Earth.

Wing of a Bird

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The wing of space shuttle Atlantis dips down to the bottom floor of the new Kennedy Space Center exhibition.

Shuttle Nose

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The body of the shuttle Atlantis, including its nose, bears the telltale marks of 33 missions to space and back, including nicks, dings, scratches and tracks that resulted from plunigng through Earth's atmosphere on its return trip.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Gift Shop

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"Space Shuttle Atlantis" shirts, jackets, caps and mugs, among other souvenirs, are offered in the new "Shuttle Express" shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. [Read the Full Story]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Models

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Space shuttle Atlantis models, including a limited edition model signed by Atlantis' final commander Chris Ferguson, are offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. [Read the Full Story]

Entrance to Space Shuttle Atlantis Facility

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Guests will be able to walk beneath the 184-foot-tall shuttle twin solid rocket boosters and external fuel tank as they enter the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. This image was released June 27, 2013.

Space Shuttle Atlantis 360: KSC Visitor's Complex

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"Space Shuttle Atlantis" at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida is designed to give guests a nearly 360-degree view of the retired orbiter. [Read the Full Story]

Hubble Telescope Model

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The space shuttle ehibit at Kennedy Space Center features a life-size model of the Hubble Telescope, which shuttle Atlantis rendezvoused with in orbit for repairs.

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Clara Moskowitz
Clara Moskowitz

Clara Moskowitz is a science and space writer who joined the Space.com team in 2008 and served as Assistant Managing Editor from 2011 to 2013. Clara has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She covers everything from astronomy to human spaceflight and once aced a NASTAR suborbital spaceflight training program for space missions. Clara is currently Associate Editor of Scientific American. To see her latest project is, follow Clara on Twitter.