- Space Shuttle Atlantis Desktop (Small)
Space Shuttle Atlantis Desktop (Small)
The Space Shuttle Atlantis had one of the shortest assemblies in history. Construction lasted for nearly five years before the Atlantis went on its first flight in October 1985. Since then until July 2011, the Atlantis have flown 33 missions and deployed 14 satellites. Space Shuttle Atlantis flew with a reduced crew of four to enable space rescue by the regularly scheduled Russian Soyuz missions if needed. In May and October 1989, this space shuttle deployed the Magellan probe bound for Venus, and the Galileo probe destined for Jupiter. In 1995, it made seven direct flights to the former Russian space station Mir as part of the Shuttle-Mir Program. The missions included joint US-Russian spacewalks, Shuttle-to-Mir dockings, and the first on-orbit change-out of shuttle crew. The conjoined Mir Station and Atlantis Shuttle formed the largest orbiting spacecraft to date. In June 1995, this space shuttle transported two Russian cosmonauts, Anatoly Solovyev and Nikolai Budarin, to Mir; the joint U.S-Russian crew conducted life science experiments aboard SPACELAB/Mir. The last mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis was to resupply the International Space Station. The decommissioned spacecraft is now displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Sail the faraway expanse of your dreams with your own Atlantis Orbiter wood model. Meticulously reproduced to depict the authentic article, this desktop model display features a handsomely hand-carved silhouette with hand-painted details. Made for the dreamer in every collector, this wooden model makes a perfect conversation piece among friends and family. Own the spacecraft that propelled explorations to Venus and Jupiter.