Shuttle soaring: Atlantis exhibit smooth flying so far

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Photo Gallery: Atlantis exhibit undergoes finishing touches


Cape Canaveral, FL (Florida Today) -- So far, so good, for the opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit.

One week into the opening of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's museum honoring the space shuttle era, the centerpiece of which is a suspended orbiter Atlantis with its cargo bay doors open wide and nearly within arm's reach of guests.

Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, the private company that operates the tourist complex just outside the gates of KSC, does not publicly release a detailed accounting of its attendance figures because it considers the information proprietary. However, company officials said the early days' returns are exceeding their expectations.

And, that's heading into an extended Independence Day holiday weekend that tends to draw a larger than usual number of vacationers and day-trippers. Last weekend, the exhibit opened to astronauts, dignitaries and the die-hards who waited in line to be among the first to see.

"It's really going well so far," said Andrea Farmer, a spokesperson for the Visitor Complex. The $100 million exhibit's first week in public view has gone off without an issue, she said.

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