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Time Capsule Buried At Kennedy Space Center

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NASA and astronaut relatives mark the tenth anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster on Friday. (Photo credit - STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA and astronaut relatives mark the tenth anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster on Friday. (Photo credit – STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space shuttle attraction may be open finally at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, but visitors will have to wait 48 years to see one part of it.

Visitor complex officials say they’ve buried a time capsule inside the wall of the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction. And the time capsule won’t be opened until 2061.

Officials at the visitor center say the goal is to help people in five decades understand the significance of the space shuttle program.

Included in the time capsule are an insulating blanket and a heat shield tile that helped protect the orbiter, a brick from the launch pad, a Blackberry smartphone and a Teddy bear that says “Mission Accomplished.”

The space shuttles were grounded permanently two years ago after flying for 30 years.

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