Space Shuttle Atlantis' final move

Updated:

Loading
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —

Space Shuttled Atlantis was moved to its final resting place at the Kennedy Space Center Thurdsay.

The shuttle was tightly wrapped in plastic to keep it protected while crews finish work at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The youngest member of the retired shuttle fleet is 36-feet in the air.

The $100 million exhibit is the largest expansion at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to date.

"That dwarfs anything that's ever been out here in terms of a single project," said Tim Macy of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The facility already sees more than one million visitors per year. Attendance fees and purchases paid for the 90,000 square foot expansion. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex anticipates, when the addition opens in July, it will push attendance 12 percent to 15 percent higher.

"I think it's about learning about space…shuttle and having fun," said visitor Grant Parker.
Members of the construction team said it's also about preserving the legacy of the shuttle program.

The shrink wrap was scheduled to be removed from the shuttle in March and the payload doors opened in April. The exhibit opens in July.