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Space Shuttle Atlantis' Rocket Assembly rises into Florida's skyline

by Aoife Dowling | 25 Apr 2013

The new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US is nearing completion as it begins to rise nearly 15 storeys into the sky.

The PGAV Destinations-designed project also features an External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters (ET/SRB).

The ET/SRB sits directly outside the new exhibit and above the entry-way, serving as one of the main icons guests at the Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts-managed new exhibit, which will open 29 June, 2013.

The large, orange tank - known as the External Tank - holds nearly 535,000 gallons of super cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, chilled to minus 297 degrees.

The envelope of the building which houses Space Shuttle Atlantis is also nearing completion, featuring two sweeping "wings" representing the space shuttle's launch and return.

The outer layer of the building is cloaked in hues of orange and gold while the tallest wing of the building is covered in a shimmering tile pattern of various greys, all representing the shuttle's design and launch.

The 90,000sq ft (8,361sq ft) building is designed to meet LEED Silver sustainability standards upon completion.

PGAV Destinations principal Mike Konzen, said: "We couldn't be happier with the progress we see. Three years ago we set out with Delaware North and NASA to create the world's premiere space exploration exhibit and attraction, and I'm certain that's exactly what this is going to be later this summer."

The new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US is nearing completion as it begins to rise nearly 15 storeys into the sky. The PGAV Destinations-designed project also features an External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters (ET/SRB). The ET/SRB sits directly outside the new exhibit and above the entry-way, serving as one of the main icons guests at the Delaware North
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