Saturday, May 29, 2010
The Space Shuttle Atlantis on Sale to the Public
Institution such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. "We do not sell it in the near future, remember that. We must clean up and make it comfortable first," said NASA spokesman. NASA had planned to place the Discovery of the oldest aircraft in the Smithsonian. Museum becomes 'vacation home' for a number of spacecraft such as Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
There are several requirements that NASA must meet if you are interested to own a Atlantis. In addition to providing transportation to the destination location, the buyer also have to build adequate facilities such as adequate space with controlled temperature. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the museum has offered to Atlantis. They hope to attract visitors doubled when Atlantis was in their place.
Each year, the museum was visited by approximately 1.5 million people. "Our visitors come from various countries. When they saw the spacecraft, they saw the plane pieces of pieces to be emotionally" said Bill Moore, chief operating officer operating the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Although the United States ensure the Atlantis mission will be terminated from this year but they insisted long before the plane actually enter the museum because the plane was put up for rescue mission astronauts.