Delaware North nabbed Atlantis in a high-stakes national competition two years ago. Kennedy was considered a shoo-in by many, given all 135 shuttle flights began here and most ended here as well.
A six-story structure was built to accommodate Atlantis. The fourth and final wall was erected once the shuttle was towed inside last November.
"It's a doggone big building, and it really tells the shuttle story in an amazing way," said William Moore, chief operating officer of the visitor complex.
Delaware North hopes to recoup some of its $100 million outlay through increased ticket sales. The Atlantis exhibit is included in the ticket price for the visitor center: $50 for adults; $40 for children ages 3-11.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
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