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Atlantis exhibit to open to public

28 June 2013, 09:00

Cape Canaveral - The last US space shuttle to soar makes its museum debut this weekend.

The Atlantis exhibit opens to the public on Saturday at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

It's the centrepiece of a $100m attraction dedicated to the entire 30-year shuttle programme.

For the first time, people get to see a space shuttle in a pose previously beheld only by a few astronauts - in flight with its payload bay doors wide open and a robot arm outstretched.

More than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis planned to take part in the grand opening at the visitor complex.

Retired for two years, Atlantis is the last of Nasa's three space shuttles to go on public display.

- AP

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