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Space Shuttle Atlantis Leaves on Last Move for Museum Display

Space shuttle Atlantis has left the building — NASA's voluminous Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — for the final time.The last of the space agency's retired space shuttles to be museum-bound, Atlantis was rolled out of the 52-story VAB early Friday morning (Nov. 2) to leave on a day-long move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex , 9.8 miles (15.8 kilometers) away. There, the orbiter will enter a new $100 million display facility, still under construction, which is set to open to the public in July 2013.Atlantis, which began its journey with its first motion at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT), is expected to arrive at the visitor complex and the entrance to its yet-be-named exhibition building 12 hours later. Rather than rolling on its landing gear, Atlantis is riding on top of NASA's 76-wheel Orbiter Transporter System (OTS), which travels at a top speed of 2 miles per hour.Hundreds of the former space shuttle program's workers and thousands of ti...

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