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Long, Strange Trips
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Space Shuttle Atlantis is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of 11 pieces on one sheet of metal. Atlantis was the fourth shuttle built and the last one to fly.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
OV-104, as NASA dubbed Atlantis, was delivered in April 1985, the last of the original four space shuttles. It was named after a two-masted research ship that sailed for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute from 1930-1966. When Atlantis touched down for the last time on July 21, 2011, the shuttle had carried 156 astronauts on 4,848 orbits of the earth over 33 missions that racked up 126 million miles (203,000,000 km), which is equivalent to 262 trips to the moon and back. Of course, no space shuttle could travel beyond low earth orbit. Among its many notable achievements were: The fastest turnaround time of any shuttle (50 days); the first shuttle to launch an interplanetary probe (Magellan to Venus); the 100th manned US space flight; and the first docking with Russian space station Mir (when the linked spacecraft formed the largest object in orbit up to that time).
You can visit Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.