Friday was a bittersweet day when the Space Shuttle Program saw the last of its Orbiters delivered to its new home. Space Shuttle Atlantis made the 10 mile trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex closing out the Space Shuttle Program.
Atlantis’s final day of motion started early when just before dawn she was backed out of the VAB, and a precise turn was made so that she could parade proudly past the Space Shuttle Team who worked on her as she embarked on her final move to the KSC Visitor Complex. With a beautiful backdrop of the VAB in shadow and a deep blue sky tinged with the pink of predawn Atlantis started to roll on a 10 mile trip to the Visitor Complex which will be her new home.
Once out of the VAB and OPF area Atlantis turned south onto SR3 with a full escort of security and NASA safety specialists. Travelling at walking pace an top of the 76 wheeled Orbiter Transportation System we were able to leapfrog the shuttle as she made steady progress down the road, stopping at convenient points for photo opportunities and farewells from the NASA complex staff.
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