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Space shuttle Atlantis 'go' for public viewing

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By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The last space shuttle to soar makes its museum debut this weekend.
 
The Atlantis exhibit opens to the public Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It's the centerpiece of a $100 million attraction dedicated to the entire 30-year shuttle program.
 
And for the first time ever, ordinary Earthlings get to see a space shuttle in a pose previously beheld only by a few astronauts -- in flight with its payload bay doors wide open and a robot arm outstretched.
 
More than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis planned to take part in Saturday's grand opening at the visitor complex, a popular tourist attraction an hour's drive due east of Orlando.
 
Retired for two years, Atlantis is the last of NASA's three space shuttles to go on public display.

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