Atlantis would not be cleaned up for America, she would be unveiled and on display with all her dings, scratches and smudges. That would be today. Today she will be unveiled, the shrink wrap removed and the construction completed. No hard hats for today's visitors.
(look closely in this photo, you can see Deborah's reflection
Imagine me there next to her.... )
I was invited back for today's grand opening. I could not afford another trip right now, so I declined. Many of my fellow space enthusiasts and new friends who were on the hard hat tour with me are down there today, full of excitement, tweeting this and tweeting that. I sit home, jealous.
The Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center opens today. Above is the picture of the exhibit when I saw it, under construction. Today it is a 90,000 square foot exhibit that shares the story of NASA's 30-year shuttle program.
And I'm sitting home. Reading the exciting tweets from my space friends who are down there:
"Good Morning tweeps! It's a great day to meet a legend, isn't it?" - @DeborahHerman
"This is why I backed Grace from Outer Space on kickstarter. We need stuff for girls, too. You know that sends a message other than "be pretty." - @KristenFitzpat1
And my fave: "@VSliker, We will miss you!!" - @KristenFitzpat1
Sadly, I will go about my business today in a town where nobody is interested in the Atlantis or the shuttle program or commercial space flight or an outpost on the moon...... But I'll be checking the tweets all day long! Send some good pics my way!
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