Friday, April 04, 2008

Processing the Shuttle For Flight

The link leads to a collection of rarely seen photos showing some of the steps to required to get the Shuttle and its payload to the pad. Here you see the payload cannister being lifed into the Rotating Service Structure, which will swing on a giant hinge 120 degrees to enclose the Shuttle's payload bay and allow the payload to be installed in "clean room" conditions.

If you haven't been to the Kennedy Space Center its hard to grasp just how freakin' BIG everything is, but these pictures might give you some idea.

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