STS-70 Mating (Discovery) GPN-2000-000977

STS-70 Mating (Discovery)

STS-70 Mating (Discovery)

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred into a high bay for mating with the external tank/solid rocket booster assembly already mounted on the mobile launcher platform. Completing the assembly process takes about five working days. Discovery’s next destination: Launch Pad 39B, and final preparations for liftoff on Mission STS-70 in early June.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-70 Mating (Discovery) 2 GPN-2000-000976

STS-70 Mating (Discovery)

STS-70 Mating (Discovery)

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred into a high bay for mating with the external tank/solid rocket booster assembly already mounted on the mobile launcher platform. Completing the assembly process takes about five working days. Discovery’s next destination, Launch Pad 39B, and final preparations for liftoff on Mission STS-70 in early June.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-70 Rollout (Discovery) GPN-2000-000974

STS-70 Rollout (Discovery)

STS-70 Rollout (Discovery)

The Crawler Transporter brings the Space Shuttle Discovery on its Mobile Launcher Platform into position at Launch Pad 39B, following rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The Fixed Service Structure and the Rotating Service Structure, permanent parts of the launch pad, are left of the Shuttle. Discovery and its crew of five are targeted for a June 8 liftoff on a satellite deployment mission, STS-70. Meanwhile, sister ship Atlantis is poised for launch from Pad 39A on a mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Mir Space Station. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off on STS-71 no earlier than June 22.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-72 Landing (Endeavour)  GPN-2000-000971

STS-72 Landing (Endeavour)

STS-72 Landing (Endeavour)

The Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour and its crew of six glide in to Runway 15 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility after spending nine days in space on the STS-72 mission, the first Shuttle flight of 1996. It is the eighth night landing of the Shuttle since the program began in 1981, but only the third night landing at KSC. Highlights of the mission were the retrieval of the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU), the deployment and retrieval of NASA’s Office of Aeronauts and Space Techology-Flyer (OAST-Flyer), and two Extravehicular Activities (EVA’s) or spacewalks.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-75 Rollout (Columbia) GPN-2000-000970

STS-75 Rollout (Columbia)

STS-75 Rollout (Columbia)

Aerial view showing Space Shuttle Columbia at Launch Pad 39B following rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building; Columbia is being prepared for Mission STS- 75.

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STS-95 Landing (Orbiter Discovery Landing) GPN-2000-000965

STS-95 Landing (Orbiter Discovery Landing)

STS-95 Landing (Orbiter Discovery Landing)

Orbiter Discovery is riding on its main landing gear as it lowers its nose wheel after touching down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 12:04 p.m. EST, landing on orbit 135. Discovery returns to Earth with its crew of seven after successfully completing mission STS-95, lasting nearly nine days and 3.6 million miles. The crew includes mission commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr.; pilot Steven W. Lindsey, mission specialists Scott E. Parazynski, Stephen K. Robinson, with the European Space Agency (ESA); payload specialist Chiaki Mukai, with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA); and payload specialist John H. Glenn, Jr., a senator from Ohio and one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. The mission included research payloads such as the Spartan-201 solar-observing deployable spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker, as well as a SPACEHAB single module with experiments on space flight and the aging process.
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Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-79 Rollout (Atlantis) GPN-2000-000867

STS-79 Rollout (Atlantis)

STS-79 Rollout (Atlantis)

A vantage point high atop the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) shrinks the size and scale of the orbiter Atlantis as it is rolled from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the VAB. During the five working days it spends inside the huge building, Atlantis will be mated to the external tank/twin solid rocket booster assembly, and then rolled out to Launch Pad 39A. In the VAB, the SPACEHAB Double Modules will be installed in the orbiter’s payload bay and final launch preparations will get under way. Atlantis is scheduled for liftoff on Mission STS-79, the fourth docking with the Russian Space Station Mir, on July 31.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography

STS-70 Mating (Discovery) GPN-2000-000978

STS-70 Mating (Discovery)

STS-70 Mating  (Discovery)

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred into a high bay for mating with the external tank/solid rocket booster assembly aready mounted on the mobile launch platform. Completing the assembly process takes about five working days. Discovery’s next destination: Launch Pad 39B, and final preparations for liftoff on Mission STS-70 in early June.

Keywords: NASA Photos, Space Shuttle Missions, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Space photography