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Astronaut Edward White Ready For Gemini IV Liftoff

Aerosol Particle Analyzer at the ERC

Astronaut James A. McDivitt Suited in Preparation for Training Tests

Astronauts White and McDivitt Inside Gemini IV Spacecraft

James C. Elms

Skylab Docking Adapter

Skylab external arrangement of the Airlock Module (AM)

Skylab

STS067-312-031 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-309-002 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald work with the middeck experiment

STS067-312-026 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-312-022 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-306-004 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-312-027 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-306-003 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-309-009 - STS-067 - MACE - Oswald works with the middeck experiment

STS067-306-005 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-312-023 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-358-037 - STS-067 - MACE - Oswald works with experiment

STS067-312-035 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-309-003 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald work with the middeck experiment

STS067-306-008 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-306-006 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-358-036 - STS-067 - MACE - Oswald works with experiment

STS067-312-028 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-358-035 - STS-067 - MACE - Oswald works with experiment

STS067-309-004 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald work with the middeck experiment

STS067-306-007 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-312-029 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-312-034 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-306-001 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-312-030 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-312-032 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-312-025 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-309-005 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald work with the middeck experiment

STS067-312-033 - STS-067 - MACE hardware

STS067-306-002 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

STS067-306-009 - STS-067 - MACE - Gregory and Oswald control the middeck experiment

With a personal computer and assorted software, STAFF SGT. Bill Snider, a computer programmer with the 552nd Computer Systems Squadron, can have parked E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircrews believing they are flying without ever leaving the flightline. Published in AIRMAN Magazine October 1996

An E-3B Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) assigned to the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma is maintained by ground crew at Biggs Army Air Field. The AWACS will provide aerial monitoring/surveillance of incoming aircraft and missiles during the world's largest joint service, multi-national tactical air operations exercise. (Duplicate image, see also DFSD0303145 or search 970420F6655H109)

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) lands at 4 Wing Cold Lake. The E-3 had completed its first flight in the exercise that will test the response of the air intercept and air defense capabilities of the American and Canadian Forces, supporting the mission of NORAD (North American Air Defense command)

Reflected in a pool of water, a U.S. Air Force E-3 "Sentry", Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft from the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, prepares for an early morning mission from 4 Wing Cold Lake during the joint exercise, that will test the response of the air intercept and air defense capabilities of the American and Canadian Forces, supporting the mission of NORAD (North American Air Defense command)

STS106-307-026 - STS-106 - Attitude Control System Moding Indicator on PMA2 taken during STS-106

STS092-335-006 - STS-092 - Trajectory Control Sensor Reflector on PMA2

STS092-335-005 - STS-092 - Trajectory Control Sensor Reflector on PMA2

STS106-307-020 - STS-106 - Attitude Control System Moding Indicator on PMA2 taken during STS-106

Team 393 from Morristown, Ind., sets up its robot on a table to prepare it for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Southeast Regional competition March 9-11 at the KSC Visitor Complex. KSC is co-sponsoring the team, The Bee Bots, from Morristown Junior and Senior High Schools. On the floor at right is team 386, known as Voltage: The South Brevard First Team. This team is made up of students from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Bayside and Melbourne Central Catholic High Schools. They are sponsored by KSC as well as Harris Corp., Intersil Corp., Interface & Control Systems. Inc. and Rockwell Collins. Teams of high school students are testing the limits of their imagination using robots they have designed, with the support of business and engineering professionals and corporate sponsors, to compete in a technological battle against other schools' robots. Of the 30 high school teams competing at KSC, 16 are Florida teams co-sponsored by NASA and KSC contractors. Local high schools participating are Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Melbourne Central Catholic, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, and Titusville KSC00pp0315

Team 393 from Morristown, Ind., sets up its robot on a table to prepare it for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Southeast Regional competition March 9-11 at the KSC Visitor Complex. KSC is co-sponsoring the team, The Bee Bots, from Morristown Junior and Senior High Schools. On the floor at right is team 386, known as Voltage: The South Brevard First Team. This team is made up of students from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Bayside and Melbourne Central Catholic High Schools. They are sponsored by KSC as well as Harris Corp., Intersil Corp., Interface & Control Systems. Inc. and Rockwell Collins. Teams of high school students are testing the limits of their imagination using robots they have designed, with the support of business and engineering professionals and corporate sponsors, to compete in a technological battle against other schools' robots. Of the 30 high school teams competing at KSC, 16 are Florida teams co-sponsored by NASA and KSC contractors. Local high schools participating are Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Melbourne Central Catholic, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, and Titusville KSC-00pp0315

Voltage: The South Brevard FIRST Team (386) works on their robot, Sparky. The team of students from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Bayside and Melbourne Central Catholic high schools was co-sponsored by Intersil Corp., Harris Corp., NASA Kennedy Space Center, Rockwell Collins and Interface & Control Systems, Inc. Students from all over the country are at the KSC Visitor Complex for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Southeast Regional competition March 9-11 in the Rocket Garden. Teams of high school students are testing the limits of their imagination using robots they have designed, with the support of business and engineering professionals and corporate sponsors, to compete in a technological battle against other schools' robots. Of the 30 high school teams competing, 16 are Florida teams co-sponsored by NASA and KSC contractors. Local high schools participating are Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Melbourne Central Catholic, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, and Titusville KSC-00pp0327

Voltage: The South Brevard FIRST Team (386) works on their robot, Sparky. The team of students from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Bayside and Melbourne Central Catholic high schools was co-sponsored by Intersil Corp., Harris Corp., NASA Kennedy Space Center, Rockwell Collins and Interface & Control Systems, Inc. Students from all over the country are at the KSC Visitor Complex for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Southeast Regional competition March 9-11 in the Rocket Garden. Teams of high school students are testing the limits of their imagination using robots they have designed, with the support of business and engineering professionals and corporate sponsors, to compete in a technological battle against other schools' robots. Of the 30 high school teams competing, 16 are Florida teams co-sponsored by NASA and KSC contractors. Local high schools participating are Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Melbourne Central Catholic, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, and Titusville KSC00pp0327

Canadian Air Force MASTER Corporal Dominic "Deeg" Digiovantonio, 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron Air Warning And Control Systems, stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, reloads the mission critical joint tactical information Distributed System, during OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH mission

A close up view of a US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft from the 964th AWACS squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma takes off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, for a mission during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft from the 964th AWACS squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma takes off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, for a mission during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft from the 964th AWACS squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, for a mission during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A US Air Force (USAF) E-3C Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, assigned to the 961st AWACS Squadron, flies overhead before landing at Korat AB, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

A US Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron "All Weather" 232 (VMFA "AW"-232) sits on the ramp at Korat AB, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. A Republic of Singapore Air Force E-2C "Hawkeye" Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft takes off in the background. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Glenn A. Clinch, Electronic Combat Officer (ECO), 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans his duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Glenn A. Clinch, Electronic Combat Officer (ECO), 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans his duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

A Royal Thai Air Force Officer observes as US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) Josephine Philips (foreground), Air Weapons Officer (AWO), and USAF Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Dave Moyer (center), Air Weapons Director, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), man their duty stations aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Darnell L. Cheeks, SENIOR Surveillance Technician, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans his duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

Two US Air Force (USAF) Maintenance Technicians assigned to the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), check the starboard side engine on a USAF E-3C Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft at Korat AB, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

A Royal Thai Air Force Officer observes as US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) Joe Chennault, Air Weapons Officer (AWO), 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans his duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Alfred A. Nonnon, Airborne Radar Technician, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans his duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Darnell L. Cheeks (right), SENIOR Surveillance Technician, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), demonstrates the oxygen system inside a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while conducting training with Royal Thai Air Force Officers, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Darnell L. Cheeks, SENIOR Surveillance Technician, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), enters a USAF E-3C Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft on the flight line at Korat AB, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Stephanie E. Rucker, Airborne Surveillance Technician, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans her duty station aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Mike Curphey (foreground), AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Jennifer R. Anderson (center), and SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Stephenie E. Rucker, all Airborne Surveillance Technicians from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans theit duty stations aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Josh M. Weiland, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS), mans the co-pilots position aboard a USAF E-3B Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, while flying a mission during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

A US Air Force (USAF) E-3C "Sentry" Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS) flies a mission in support of Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multi-national exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

A US Air Force (USAF) E-3C "Sentry" Airborne Warning And Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS) approaches the extended refueling arm of an USAF KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft, during Exercise COPE TIGER '02. Cope Tiger is an annual, multi-national exercise in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skills and practice interoperability with US Forces

Lieutenant General (LGEN) Masaaki Matsukawa, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), presents an exercise overview brief to a visiting American General at the Hijudai training area, Japan, during KEEN SWORD 03/FOREST LIGHT 03-01. Exercise KEEN SWORD 03 is a bilateral defense exercise training to defending Japan against foreign aggression. The goal, interoperability between the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and to exercise the command and control systems of the JASDF

A US Air Force (USAF) E-3A Sentry Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft flies a mission in support of Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

A US Air Force (USAF) E-3A Sentry Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft flies a mission in support of Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) Major General (MGEN) Dale Meryerrose, left, US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Director of Command and Control Systems, USAF Lieutenant General (LGEN) Harry Raduege Jr., center, Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and USAF General (GEN) Ronald Fogleman, Air Force CHIEF of STAFF (CS), Retired, at the North American Informations Technology Leadership Awards Banquet during SPACECOMM 2004, a Space Communications Symposium in the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado (CO)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers remove the protective cover from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers prepare NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft for transfer to a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is revealed. Employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is lifted off the pallet for transfer to a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is offloaded. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be taken into a high bay clean room and employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, a lift helps offload NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft shipped from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be taken into a high bay clean room and employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers remove the protective cover from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers prepare to attach an overhead crane to NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. The spacecraft will be moved to a work stand where employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, workers check the placement of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft on a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers check the moveable pallet holding NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be taken into a high bay clean room and employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is secure after transfer to the work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers move NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft into a high bay clean room. Employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, workers check the placement of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft on a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, an overhead crane lowers NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft onto a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, an overhead crane lowers NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft onto a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Shipped in an air-conditioned transportation van from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first Mercury orbiter, arrives at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be offloaded and taken into a high bay clean room. After the spacecraft is removed from its shipping container, employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Doors are open on the air-conditioned transportation van that carried NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC. After offloading, MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be taken into a high bay clean room and employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers begin moving NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft into the building MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - is being taken into a high bay clean room where employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers attach an overhead crane to NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. The spacecraft will be moved to a work stand where employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is lifted off the pallet for transfer to a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, an overhead crane moves NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft toward a work stand. There employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the high bay clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, workers get ready to remove the protective cover from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities near KSC, a lift begins lowering NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft onto the ground. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be taken into a high bay clean room and employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will perform an initial state-of-health check. Then processing for launch can begin, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER will be launched May 11 on a six-year mission aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Liftoff is targeted for 2:26 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, workers secure NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft on a test stand. Once in place, employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will begin final processing for launch, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket no earlier than July 30 on a six-year mission to study the planet Mercury. KSC-04pd0602

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, workers monitor NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft as it is lowered onto a test stand by an overhead crane. Once in place, employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will begin final processing for launch, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket no earlier than July 30 on a six-year mission to study the planet Mercury. KSC-04pd0596

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Astrotech Space Operations processing facilities, workers check for the correct alignment of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft as it is lowered onto a test stand. Once in place, employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, builders of the spacecraft, will begin final processing for launch, including checkout of the power systems, communications systems and control systems. The thermal blankets will also be attached for flight. MESSENGER - short for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging - will be launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket no earlier than July 30 on a six-year mission to study the planet Mercury. KSC-04pd0598