See NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis in All its Glory
Dreaming of meeting a legend? Now you can, at the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitors Complex
For years, Central Florida residents were the privileged ones to enjoy multiple Space Shuttle launches every year. Sometimes as often as every few months, we could see the flaming exhaust of the rocket boosters carving a path of vapor as the massive spaceship zoomed into the darkness of space.
While its final destination was only earth’s low orbit, every launch of the Space Shuttle made us feel closer to the stars. Now that the Space Shuttle program has been retired by NASA in favor of a more affordable, reusable Orion capsule, Florida is graced to have the Atlantis back at its home spaceport—located a mere 45-minute drive from Orlando.
Space Shuttle Atlantis flew 33 missions into space, hauling everything from satellites to equipment for the International Space Station. After being retired from service in July 2011, Atlantis underwent a decommissioning process to prepare it for its biggest mission of all: to become a permanent display at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida’s Space Coast.
Today, thousands of people visit this “living” legend and are captivated not only by its size, but by the passion for spaceflight that it created for many generations to come. And if that’s not enough, any visit to Space Shuttle Atlantis should include watching the amazing IMAX films on display at the KSC Visitors Complex, where you can experience footage from many shuttle missions.
Once you are ready to return to earth after your trip to Kennedy Space Center and following the daydreaming of flying on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, you can fire up your reentry thrusters and dock at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium. While we don’t have zero gravity, we have everything you need to make your next stay in Central Florida an enjoyable experience.
So don’t forget to plan your visit to the Kennedy Space Center and don’t forget to book your stay with us!