Anniversary of the First Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Guests are invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of space shuttle Atlantis’ first launch at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on October 3, 2015.
Exclusive “30 Years of Atlantis” events will be offered throughout the day and include watching a live version of the engaging video series “Tell Me A Story,” ongoing showings of the video “Reflections of Atlantis,” as well as multiple meet and greets and exclusive signing opportunities with many Atlantis astronauts.

On Oct. 3, 1985, Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on her first mission, STS 51-J. Atlantis was also the last orbiter to land at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011, concluding NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Today, Atlantis is in her new home – the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the visitor complex – displayed with her payload bay doors open.

On October 3, 2015, Guests visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be able to:
  • Enjoy the Tell Me a Story…Live presentation on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis will offer legendary stories told by astronauts who flew aboard Atlantis.
  • Watch Reflections of Atlantis,” a video celebrating the iconic orbiter, will show every 15 minutes in the Hubble Theater. With a breathtaking view of the orbiter just a few feet away, the video features highlights of the 33 launches and missions completed by Atlantis and her astronaut crews.
  • Pick up a free commemorative black and white photograph of Atlantis and have it signed by Atlantis astronauts (including Jerry Ross, Mike McCulley, Bo Bobko, Charlie Walker, Bob Springer, and more.) with several opportunities throughout the day on the top floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis.
  • Purchase special lithographs of the visiting astronauts (available in the Space Shop).
All the special events and offerings listed above are included in admission. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting or by calling the visitor complex directly at 877-634-0735.

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