The visitor center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is making progress on its 65,000 square foot facility that will display the retired Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The Shuttle will be tilted and its payload bay doors opened as imagined in this concept drawing.

But currently the shuttle is wrapped in shrink wrap to protect it during the construction process:

The exhibit will open sometime next year and will be the only one to display the Shuttle in an on-orbit configuration. Shuttle Endeavour recently arrived at the California Science Center after a two day parade through Los Angeles, and Discovery is on display at the Smithsonian’s James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington DC.

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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