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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   On the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Endeavour is ready to be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space.  Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-07pd2360

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Endeavour is ready to be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space. Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-07pd2360

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Endeavour is ready to be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space. Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011, administered by NASA and officially beginning in 1972. The Space Shuttle system—composed of an orbiter launched with two reusable solid rocket boosters and a disposable external fuel tank— carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO). When its mission was complete, the orbiter would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and lands as a glider. Although the concept had been explored since the late 1960s, the program formally commenced in 1972 and was the focus of NASA's manned operations after the final Apollo and Skylab flights in the mid-1970s. It started with the launch of the first shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, on STS-1. and finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Endeavour is towed toward the open doors of bay 2 of the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space. Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-07pd2363

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Processing Facility, Boeing-Rocketdyne technicians lift SSME 2058, the first SSME fully assembled at KSC. The engine is being lifted from its vertical work stand into a horizontal position in preparation for shipment to NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to undergo a hot fire acceptance test. It is the first of five engines to be fully assembled on site to reach the desired number of 15 engines ready for launch at any given time in the Space Shuttle program. A Space Shuttle has three reusable main engines. Each is 14 feet long, weighs about 7,800 pounds, is seven-and-a-half feet in diameter at the end of its nozzle, and generates almost 400,000 pounds of thrust. Historically, SSMEs were assembled in Canoga Park, Calif., with post-flight inspections performed at KSC. Both functions were consolidated in February 2002. The Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power division of The Boeing Co. manufactures the engines for NASA. KSC-04pd1643

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Endeavour is ready to be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space. Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-07pd2359

A loadmaster performs post-flight inspections on the front of a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Air Wing

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Endeavour is towed into bay 2 of the Orbiter Processing Facility, known as the OPF. Endeavour returned to Earth Aug. 21 from mission STS-118, landing at Kennedy at 12:32 p.m. EDT. In the OPF bay 2, Endeavour will incur thermal protection system inspections and numerous other post-flight inspections before processing starts for its next voyage into space. Endeavour will next fly on mission STS-123 targeted for Feb. 14, 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-07pd2364

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Air Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS), perform a post flight inspections on USAF C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jorge Chavez, Life Support Floor Supervisor, 493rd Fighter Squadron (FS), 48th Fighter Wing (FW), does post flight inspections on life support equipment inside the life support section at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom (UK)

A pilot emerges from the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as post-flight inspections are performed on the aircraft, during a recent Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) at the 174th Fighter Wing (FW), Syracuse, New York