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Kennedy Space Centre Orlando release new plans including Space Shuttle Display

The future of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is coming into focus, as details on plans were released today including how the attraction would display the space shuttle if it gets awarded one of the final three orbiters from the program after they retire next year.

The 10-year-master plan for the complex that highlights interaction with visitors has been awarded to PGAV Destinations, a design group that has worked with SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Niagara Falls and several other travel destinations across the nation. The master plan's main attraction will be a $100 million exhibit displaying either the Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour, although the final destination for those three orbiters has yet to be officially determined.

"We would be honored to showcase one of the space shuttle orbiters so we have begun designing a dynamic, interactive exhibit to tell the space shuttle story from our own unique perspective," said Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. "Kennedy Space Center is home to the space shuttle; all of the 132 missions have launched from here."

The initial concept calls for a 64,000-square-foot display that would show the orbiter in flight, and how it was used while in space. In addition to the shuttle, interactive displays will highlight two of the shuttle era's major accomplishments – the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

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