Amazing Shuttle Atlantis exhibit has spaceship and space toilet, too

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Kennedy Space Center, Florida -- There's a ton to see along with Space Shuttle Atlantis inside its new $100 million home. We have a sneak peak of fun stuff for kids you'll see Only on 10 News.

Floating in midair, just inches from your fingertips, it is glorious and overwhelming.

Space Shuttle Atlantis, the last space shuttle to leave the earth, is now displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in a way that's so close you can almost touch it.

And with more than 60 interactive exhibits all around it, there's plenty kids can touch.

Full-size Hubble Space Telescope replica? Got it.

Kid-size International Space Station to crawl through? Got it.

Tires from the final shuttle landing that you can spin? Got it.

10 News is the first to show you some of the cool kid features -- see them in the video and photo gallery displayed with this article.

Simulators let you land the shuttle, plus practice docking and working in space. Squeeze through the kid-size station, spin the shuttle tires, and then ride down a wild slide that follows the path of a shuttle coming home.

And -- the kids will love this one -- check out the space toilet trainer.

"There's a camera located down here that is looking up. You can use your imagination on that one," Atlantis astronaut Bob Springer said, sitting on the "space potty" trainer. Visitors are allowed to sit there, too.

"Then you can look overhead [at a monitor connected to the camera] and you can see whether you're in the crosshairs or not, so to speak."

Springer used a trainer just like this in Houston before he flew on Atlantis.

You have to go to the bathroom, Springer said, so "you'd better figure out how to make it work. Because it is most unpleasant if you 'miss the mark.'"

Whatever it is that catches your imagination in the massive Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Springer says it will send you home with a whole new way to look at the world.

"Anybody can walk in here and have an astronaut experience. You can see every facet of what we had to do," he said.

The Atlantis Exhibit opens to the public on Saturday. It's included with admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Be sure to watch The Morning Show on 10 News, Friday at 6:30 a.m. You'll see what it took to get Atlantis to its new home, appearing to almost float 30 feet above the ground.

Follow 10 News reporter Grayson Kamm on Twitter at @graysonkamm as he travels Tampa Bay telling your stories.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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