CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Shuttle Atlantis is prepped and ready for its final launch scheduled for Friday, but plans are already in the works to permanently display the orbiter at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida starting in 2013.

Atlantis will be stored in a new 65,000-square-foot facility that will be constructed on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The $100 million complex, financed through the complex’s ticket and retail sales, will feature the 122-foot long orbiter “suspended” at an angle in flight configuration with its payload bay doors open. Visitors won’t be able to enter the spacecraft but will have a view that only astronauts, VIPs, and members of the media have had of the orbiters throughout their 30 years of operation.

“Plans are under way to create a home for Atlantis that is as much about the thousands of people who have worked on the Space Shuttle Program as the space shuttle itself. Guests will be close enough to almost touch this real space-flown orbiter,” said Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The exhibit also will offer additional displays about the many accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program, including interactive features on the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space Shuttle Discovery, currently being readied for retirement at the Kennedy Space Center, will be sent to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. 

—Read about CTTechJunkie’s recent tour inside Discovery here

Endeavour will be displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Space Shuttle Enterprise, a prototype used to test landing procedures, will be moved from the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. 

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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