Introduction

Measure of Atlantis

30 years of shuttles.
During three decades of the Space Shuttle Program, Atlantis helped build the International Space Station and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
151,315 lbs (68635 kg).
When Atlantis rolled out of the Rockwell assembly plant in Palmdale, California, she was nearly 3.5 tons (3175kg) lighter than Columbia.

60-foot-long (18 m) payload bay.
Atlantis is currently the only NASA orbiter displayed with payload bay doors open. The orbiter appears as it would in space when undocked from the International Space Station.
18 stories tall.
The shuttle’s external fuel tank (ET) and two solid rocket boosters (SRBs) stood 184 feet (56 m) tall.

2,500 lb (1134 kg) doors.
Atlantis’ payload bay doors were designed to be opened in zero gravity, with few exceptions, using a motorized mechanism that cannot function properly due to the full force of gravity on Earth.

7,775 lb (3527 kg) space shuttle main engines.
Each engine was designed to withstand more extreme temperatures than any other machine in the world. From extreme cold of liquid hydrogen and oxygen that is colder than the surface of Pluto, to extreme heat of engine combustion, the orbiters three engines weathered the extremes of space travel.

125,935,769 miles (202,673,974 km) traveled through space.
Atlantis flew 33 times and still bears the scars, scorch marks and space dust of its last mission.

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Big in status: 1 of 5 orbiters.
Atlantis is one of NASA’s five space-flown shuttles, which also include: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, and Endeavour. The Space Shuttle Program paved the way for NASA’s next generation of crewed spaceflight programs, including the Journey to Mars.

See Space Shuttle Atlantis™ up-close in an immersive experience as only spacewalking astronauts have viewed her before at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.