Year of 2017

Space shuttle Atlantis on exhibit at Kennedy Space Center, Florida

We’re staying in our sector of the cosmos on Star Wars Day this year, with a visit to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space shuttle Atlantis, staged as if in orbit, is a recent addition to the center’s visitor complex, which displays many space vehicles. This photo offers a close look at thrusters and heat-resistant tiles on the nose of the shuttle.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is a Space Shuttle orbiter belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the spaceflight and space exploration agency of the United States. Constructed by the Rockwell International company in Southern California and delivered to the Kennedy Space Center in Eastern Florida in April 1985, Atlantis is the fourth operational and the second-to-last Space Shuttle built. Its maiden flight was STS-51-J from 3 to 7 October 1985.
Manufacturer: Rockwell International