WASHINGTON--The last of the retired space shuttles is headed for its final landing.
Atlantis was making its 9.8-mile journey Friday from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to its permanent new home at the nearby visitors complex.
"Godspeed Atlantis, on your next mission of inspiration and motivation,’’ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.
"It's now NASA’s honor to permanently house this magnificent spacecraft right here where she rose to the skies 33 times carrying 156 men and women,’’ said Bolden, a former astronaut who flew on Atlantis. "She’s truly a testament to American ingenuity.’’
"Atlantis’ move comes after Endeavour’s celebrated -– and highly complicated –- 12-mile trek last month from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.