Granted, moving Atlantis, the last of the retired space shuttles, won't be as difficult as Endeavour's recent, and tortuous, trip through Los Angeles. That journey required the chopping down of hundreds of trees — and Endeavour arrived 16 hours behind schedule
Still, moving Atlantis 9.8 miles will be no piece of cake.
“You’re talking about 165,000 pounds, a national treasure, a priceless artifact.... No pressure,’’ said Tim Macy, director of project development and construction for Delaware North Cos., which operates the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Florida.
Atlantis will be moved from Kennedy Space Center to the nearby visitors complex Nov. 2. The delivery will be a splashy all-day production, with tickets offering an up-close view of the shuttle selling for $90 for adults.
Shuttles have been delivered to Los Angeles, New York and the Washington area, flying on the back of a 747. In L.A., Endeavour’s 12-mile journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center was a three-day spectacle. In New York, the test shuttle Enterprise was carried by barge to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.