Decommissioned and on its way to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, this is the last chance any of us will have to see the inside of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in full operational glory.
collectSPACE scored a rare tour of the space shuttle before it is to be taken apart and rebuilt for display in the space center. They report:
Space shuttle Atlantis, which only five months ago flew the final mission of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program, is now being prepared for its public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Its insides being pulled out to ensure it is safe for exhibit, as well as significantly lighten it for its planned steep-angled display, Atlantis is scheduled to be powered down this week for the final time.
collectSPACE had the rare opportunity recently to tour Atlantis to photograph its preparation and capture its glass cockpit powered and lit for one of its last times.
The following photo gallery starts on Atlantis’ flight deck, and then proceeds to its now mostly empty middeck, out into and above the 60-foot payload bay, and then around and under the winged spacecraft.
The gallery offers an impressive tour of the shuttle and it’s mind-boggling array of buttons, controls, and compartments. Hit up the link below for the full tour.