PICRYL
PICRYLThe World's Largest Public Domain Source
732 media by topicpage 1 of 8
Aux Quinconces, Luchon

Aux Quinconces, Luchon

Fonds Trutat - Photographie ancienne..Cote : TRU C 318.Localisation : Fonds ancien.Original non communicable..Titre : Aux Quinconces, Luchon..Auteur : Trutat, Eugène.Rôle de l’auteur : Photographe..Lieu de créa... more

"De-cootieized" and happy These men of B Battery, 102nd F.A., have had their baths, their cresol solution, their fresh underclothing, new or disinfected O.D. clothing, their "cooties" are gone and they are going "home" as merry as small boys from a school picnic (Saacy, August 10, 1918).

"De-cootieized" and happy These men of B Battery, 102nd F.A., have had...

Photograph shows soldiers in a horse-drawn wagon. Title from item. No. 895-G8. In album: Photographic supplement to historical record of quartermaster corps activities A.E.F. Vol. 19-A, p. 69.

Men from front lined up to turn in their clothing for replacement and disinfection at disinfecting plant no. 2, of the 26th Division The men shown here are of Battery F. 102d F.A. ... (Saacy, August 10, 1918).

Men from front lined up to turn in their clothing for replacement and ...

Title from item. No. 888-G8. In album: Photographic supplement to historical record of quartermaster corps activities A.E.F. Vol. 19-A, p. 69.

[Chateau of Bréau, Dammarie-lès-Lys, Seine-et-Marne, France. Alley]

[Chateau of Bréau, Dammarie-lès-Lys, Seine-et-Marne, France. Alley]

Site History. House Architecture: Medieval castle rebuilt in 1663 and 1667. Associated Name: Hervey de Saint-Denis. Other: Walter Gay and Matilda Travis Gay lived here at the time Johnston photographed. Today:... more

External tank - Space Shuttle Projects

External tank - Space Shuttle Projects

This is a cutaway illustration of the Space Shuttle external tank (ET) with callouts. The giant cylinder, higher than a 15-story building, with a length of 154-feet (47-meters) and a diameter of 27.5-feet (8.4-... more

The First Space Shuttle External Tank

The First Space Shuttle External Tank

The first Space Shuttle External Tank (ET), the Main Propulsion Test Article (MPTA), rolls off the assembly line on September 9, 1977 at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. The MPTA was then tr... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

This photograph shows an inside view of a liquid hydrogen tank for the Space Shuttle external tank (ET) Main Propulsion Test Article (MPTA). The ET provides liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to the Shuttle's th... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

This photograph shows the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank for the Space Shuttle external tank (ET) being assembled in the weld assembly area of the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). The ET provides l... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

A liquid hydrogen tank of the Shuttle's external tank (ET) is installed into the S-1C Test Stand for a structural test at the Marshall Space Flight Center. At 154-feet long and more than 27-feet in diameter, th... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

This photograph shows a liquid oxygen tank for the Shuttle External Tank (ET) during a hydroelastic modal survey test at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The ET provides liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to th... more

Ground vibration test - Space Shuttle Project

Ground vibration test - Space Shuttle Project

This photo depicts the installation of an External Tank (ET) into the Marshall Space Flight Center Dynamic Test Stand, building 4550. It is being mated to the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB's) for a Mated Vertical ... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

The Space Shuttle main propulsion system includes three major elements. One of those elements is the External Tank (ET). The ET holds over one-half million gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen that fuel... more

Challenger

Challenger

(January 28, 1986) Close-up view of the liftoff of the Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51L taken from camera site 39B-2/T3. From this camera position, a cloud of grey-brown smoke can be seen on the right side... more

Space Shuttle Projects

Space Shuttle Projects

This is a view of the video camera mounted on the External Tank (ET) of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis (STS-112). The camera provided a view of the front and belly of the orbiter, a portion of the Solid Roc... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lifted from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building in order to place it on a transporter.  The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2128

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lifted from...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lifted from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building in order to place it on a transporter. The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly F... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building prepare to lower the External Tank 118 (ET-118) to a horizontal position before being placed on a transporter. The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2131

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building prepare to lower the External Tank 118 (ET-118) to a horizontal position before being placed on a transporter. The tan... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lowered from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building in order to place it on a transporter.  The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2129

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lowered fro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is lowered from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building in order to place it on a transporter. The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - After being lowered from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building,  External Tank 118 (ET-118) is suspended above the transfer aisle before being placed on the transporter at left.  The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2130

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - After being lowered from its cell in the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - After being lowered from its cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building, External Tank 118 (ET-118) is suspended above the transfer aisle before being placed on the transporter at left.... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is slowly moved above the transporter in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building before being lowered. The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2132

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is slowly move...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - External Tank 118 (ET-118) is slowly moved above the transporter in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building before being lowered. The tank will be transferred to NASA’s ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building check the progress of External Tank 118 (ET-118) as it is lowered onto the transporter below it.  The tank will be transferred to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank is being installed with an improved bipod fitting, which connects the external fuel tank to the Shuttle during launch. The new design, a significant milestone in the effort to return the Shuttle to safe flight, replaces the foam that was used to prevent ice buildup on the tank’s bipod fittings with four rod-shaped heaters.  The heaters are being retrofitted on the 11 existing tanks and incorporated into the manufacture of all new tanks. KSC-04pd2133

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building check the progress of External Tank 118 (ET-118) as it is lowered onto the transporter below it. The tank will be tra... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Pegasus barge is docked in the turn basin close by the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge delivered the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0408

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge is docked in the turn ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge is docked in the turn basin close by the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge delivered the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Towed by the Freedom Star, the Pegasus barge enters Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0401

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Towed by the Freedom Star, the Pegasus b...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Towed by the Freedom Star, the Pegasus barge enters Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barg... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, approaches Port Canaveral.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  It left the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Feb. 25, making the voyage around the Florida Peninsula in five days.  Next stop for the barge is the turn basin near NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from one of the ramps came off during the July 2005 launch of the last shuttle mission. The ramps were removed to help eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  Launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006.  Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-06pd0378

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid ro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, approaches Port Canaveral. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch t... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - A tow vehicle is connected to the transporter supporting the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121. The Pegasus barge delivered the tank from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 turn basin. After off-loading, the tank will be moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0410

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A tow vehicle is connected to the transp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A tow vehicle is connected to the transporter supporting the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121. The Pegasu... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, approaches Port Canaveral.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  It left the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Feb. 25, making the voyage around the Florida Peninsula in five days.  Next stop for the barge is the turn basin near NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from one of the ramps came off during the July 2005 launch of the last shuttle mission. The ramps were removed to help eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  Launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-06pd0379

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid ro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, approaches Port Canaveral. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch t... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Pegasus barge makes its way through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0403

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge makes its way through ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge makes its way through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge to the entrance of Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0400

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge to the entrance of Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. T... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, is towed from the Launch Complex 39 turn basin to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The Pegasus barge delivered the tank from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. After the tank is moved into the VAB, it will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0411

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank that w...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, is towed from the Launch Complex 39 turn basin to the Vehicle Assem... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans,  waits for a tug boat to finish the trip to the turn basin near NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from one of the ramps came off during the July 2005 launch of the last shuttle mission. The ramps were removed to help eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  Launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-06pd0380

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid r...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, waits for a tug boat to fini... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, the Pegasus barge approaches the dock in the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge is on the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0407

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Towed by the solid rocket booster retrie...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star, the Pegasus barge approaches the dock in the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge is on the last ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, arrives safely in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The Pegasus barge delivered the tank from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Next, the tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0413

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank that w...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, arrives safely in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Buildi... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans,  waits for a tug boat to finish the trip to the turn basin near NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from one of the ramps came off during the July 2005 launch of the last shuttle mission. The ramps were removed to help eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  Launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-06pd0382

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid r...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, waits for a tug boat to fini... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Pegasus barge passes under the Roy D. Bridges Bridge in the Banana River, as it nears the end of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0405

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge passes under the Roy D...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge passes under the Roy D. Bridges Bridge in the Banana River, as it nears the end of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Technicians monitor the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, as it is moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building in the background. The Pegasus barge delivered the tank from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Once in the VAB, the tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0412

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians monitor the redesigned exter...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians monitor the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, as it is moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - One of the two space shuttle launch pads in Launch Complex 39 is visible behind the Pegasus barge as it traverses the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge is on the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0406

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - One of the two space shuttle launch pads...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - One of the two space shuttle launch pads in Launch Complex 39 is visible behind the Pegasus barge as it traverses the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The barge is on... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Off-loading of the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, begins in the Launch Complex 39 turn basin. The Pegasus barge delivered the tank from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0409

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Off-loading of the redesigned external f...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Off-loading of the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121, begins in the Launch Complex 39 turn basin. The Pega... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0402

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Freedom Star tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge ca... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The Pegasus barge traverses the locks at Port Canaveral, as it nears the end of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. KSC-06pd0404

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge traverses the locks at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge traverses the locks at Port Canaveral, as it nears the end of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge ca... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans,  waits for a tug boat to finish the trip to  the turn basin near NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building.  The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the next shuttle mission, STS-121.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-119, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from one of the ramps came off during the July 2005 launch of the last shuttle mission. The ramps were removed to help eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle.  Launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-06pd0381

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid r...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Pegasus barge, towed by the solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom Star to Port Canaveral from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, waits for a tug boat to fini... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted high into the upper regions.  It will be moved over a crossbeam into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0425

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle As...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted high into the upper regions. It will be moved over a crossbeam into a checkout... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to vertical and then will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0419a

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle As...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to ve... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In the transfer aisle of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is suspended vertically just above the floor.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0422

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA Kennedy S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is suspended vertically just above the floor. Designated ET-119,... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lowered into a checkout cell for further work. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0428

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lowered into a checkout cell for further work. Designated ET-11... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers attach another crane to the newly delivered external tank in order to lift it up vertically and over a crossbeam into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0424

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle A...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers attach another crane to the newly delivered external tank in order to lift it up vertically and over a crossbeam i... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers are attaching a crane to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer aisle.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be raised to vertical and lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0417

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers are attaching a crane to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer ais... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to vertical and then will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0420

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is moved over a crossbeam toward a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0426

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Spac...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is moved over a crossbeam toward a checkout cell for further work. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers are attaching a crane to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer aisle.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be raised to vertical and lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0418

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, workers are attaching a crane to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer ais... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, a crane has been attached to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer aisle. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be raised to vertical and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0418a

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle As...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, a crane has been attached to the newly delivered external tank, which is resting on a transporter in the transfer aisle. De... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In In the transfer aisle of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is suspended vertically just above the floor.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0423

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In In the transfer aisle of NASA Kenned...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In In the transfer aisle of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is suspended vertically just above the floor. Designated ET-1... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to vertical and then will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0419

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lifted off its transporter. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank is being raised to... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank has been raised nearly to vertical.  Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0421

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank has been raised nearly to vertical. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifte... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lowered toward a checkout cell for further work. Designated ET-119, the 154-foot tank will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, which will launch space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. A large piece of foam from a ramp came off during the last shuttle launch in July 2005. The ramps were removed to eliminate a potential source of damaging debris to the space shuttle. The next launch of Discovery is scheduled for May 2006. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0427

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - From the upper regions of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building, the newly delivered external tank is lowered toward a checkout cell for further work. Designated ET-... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 sits on a transporter inside NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.  It is waiting for the move to the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0914

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 sits on a transp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 sits on a transporter inside NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. It is waiting for the move to the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 A... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 exits NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.  It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area.   The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0915

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 exits NASA's Veh...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 exits NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank is being shipped to... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 leaves the parking area at NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.  It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area.  The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0916

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 leaves the parki...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 leaves the parking area at NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 rolls toward the opening in the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. It has been moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0919

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls toward the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls toward the opening in the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. It has been moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  External tank No. 117 makes the turn from the parking area at NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.  It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0917

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 makes the turn fr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 makes the turn from the parking area at NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. It is heading for the barge waiting at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Are... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 rests inside the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area after being moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0921

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rests inside the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rests inside the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area after being moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being shipped to... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 rolls onto the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area after being moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0920

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls onto the b...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls onto the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area after being moved from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being shipped to N... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 rolls toward the opening in the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Kiger KSC-06pd0923

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls toward the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls toward the opening in the barge at the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Loui... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA's Launch Control Center (behind it) on its way to the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area and the waiting barge. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Kiger KSC-06pd0922

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA'...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA's Launch Control Center (behind it) on its way to the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area and the waiting barge. The tank is being ship... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA's Launch Control Center on its way to the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area and the waiting barge. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for modifications.  The barge will be moved to Port Canaveral where one of NASA’s solid rocket booster retrieval ships will take it and tow it around the Florida peninsula to Michoud. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd0918

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA's...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- External tank No. 117 rolls past NASA's Launch Control Center on its way to the Turn Basin in the Launch Complex 39 Area and the waiting barge. The tank is being shipped to NASA’s... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission, STS-115 begins moving out of the Pegasus barge that carried it from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. It will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1021

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, des...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission, STS-115 begins moving out of the Pegasus barge that carried it from the ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -     Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge next to the dock in the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area.  The barge holds the redesigned external fuel tank, seen inside, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. The tank, designated ET-118, was shipped from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1019

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge next to the dock in the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area. The barge holds the redesigned external fuel tank, seen inside, that will... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. A tugboat will continue the journey upriver to the Turn Basin where, after off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd1012

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The b... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge next to the dock in the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area.  The barge holds  the redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. The tank was shipped from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1018

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge n...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Tug boats maneuver the Pegasus barge next to the dock in the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area. The barge holds the redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, tha... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   A Great Blue Heron on the near bank has a front row perch for the arrival of the Pegasus barge being towed into the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area.  The barge holds  the redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115.  The tank was shipped from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1017

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A Great Blue Heron on the near bank has...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A Great Blue Heron on the near bank has a front row perch for the arrival of the Pegasus barge being towed into the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area. The barge holds the... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. A tugboat will continue the journey upriver to the Turn Basin where, after off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd1013

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge through Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The b... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Liberty Star tows the Pegasus barge to Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. A tugboat will continue the journey upriver to the Turn Basin where, after off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd1015

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star tows the Pegasus barge ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Liberty Star tows the Pegasus barge to Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls toward the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building.  Inside, it will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work .  The tank arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus barge after a journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  ET-118, which will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps, will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next space shuttle mission, STS-115.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1025

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, desi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls toward the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Inside, it will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls into the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building where  will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work .  The tank arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus barge after a journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  ET-118, which will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps, will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next space shuttle mission, STS-115.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1027

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, des...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls into the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building where will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work .... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   With the help of tug boats, the Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge toward Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. The barge carries the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. The tugboats will continue the journey upriver to the Turn Basin where, after off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-06pd1014

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - With the help of tug boats, the Liberty...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - With the help of tug boats, the Liberty Star (left) tows the Pegasus barge toward Port Canaveral, the last leg of its journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -     The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-115 is offloaded from the Pegasus barge that carried it from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. It will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1022

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, de...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-115 is offloaded from the Pegasus barge that carried it from the Mic... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   Viewed from the NASA News Center, a tug boat in the background maneuvers the Pegasus barge into the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area.  The barge holds  the redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. The tank was shipped from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  After off-loading, the tank will be moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building and lifted into a checkout cell for further work. The tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1016

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Viewed from the NASA News Center, a tug...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Viewed from the NASA News Center, a tug boat in the background maneuvers the Pegasus barge into the turn basin at the Launch Complex 39 Area. The barge holds the redesigned exte... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, turns the corner toward the Vehicle Assembly Building, seen at right.  The tank, which arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus barge after a journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, will be moved into the VAB and lifted into a checkout cell for further work.  ET-118, which will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps, will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next space shuttle mission, STS-115.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1024

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, des...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, turns the corner toward the Vehicle Assembly Building, seen at right. The tank, which arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus bar... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls into the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building.  Inside, it will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work .  The tank arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus barge after a journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  ET-118, which will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps, will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next space shuttle mission, STS-115.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1026

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, des...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, rolls into the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Inside, it will be lifted into a checkout cell for further work ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    In the turn basin near the NASA News Center swims a large fish, perhaps witness to the arrival today of the external fuel tank  that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115. The tank, designated ET-118, was shipped from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.  The area is part of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with the center.  The wildlife refuge is a habitat for more than 117 fishes, as well as 310 species of birds, 25 mammals and 65 amphibians and reptiles. In addition, the Refuge supports 19 endangered or threatened wildlife species on Federal or State lists, more than any other single refuge in the U.S.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1020

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the turn basin near the NASA News C...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the turn basin near the NASA News Center swims a large fish, perhaps witness to the arrival today of the external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the nex... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, is transported on the road toward the Vehicle Assembly Building, seen at right.  The tank, which arrived at KSC aboard the Pegasus barge after a journey from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, will be moved into the VAB and lifted into a checkout cell for further work.   ET-118, which will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps, will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next space shuttle mission, STS-115.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1023

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, desi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The redesigned external fuel tank, designated ET-118, is transported on the road toward the Vehicle Assembly Building, seen at right. The tank, which arrived at KSC aboard the Pe... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is prepared to be raised to a vertical position. Once it is raised, the tank will be moved into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1028

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is prep... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -     In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is ready to be lifted into the upper levels for transfer into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1032

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehic...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is rea... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   Seen from an upper level of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lifted for transfer into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1033

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Seen from an upper level of NASA's Vehi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Seen from an upper level of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is li... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lowered into the checkout cell where it will undergo further work. Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1037

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lowered into the checkout ce... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the suspended external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is moved into a checkout cell where it will undergo further work. Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1036

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the suspended external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is moved into a checkout cell whe... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is suspended above the transfer aisle where it will be raised to a vertical position.  Once it is raised, the tank will be moved into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1030

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is suspended above the transf... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lifted toward the upper levels for transfer into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1034

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lifted toward the upper lev... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lifted off its transporter and will be raised to a vertical position.  Once it is raised, the tank will be moved into a checkout cell for further work. The tank, designated ET-118, will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1029

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is lift... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -    In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is raised to a vertical position.  The tank will next be moved into a checkout cell for further work.  Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1031

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the transfer aisle of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the redesigned external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is rais... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the suspended external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is moved toward the checkout cell where it will undergo further work. Designated ET-118, the tank will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-06pd1035

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, the suspended external fuel tank that will launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on the next shuttle mission, STS-115, is moved toward the checkout cell... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank No. 118 has been lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. The stack is designated to fly on mission STS-115 with Atlantis.  ET-118 will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A.  Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd1517

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Bu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank No. 118 has been lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. The stack is designat... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank No. 118 is lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform.  The stack is designated to fly on mission STS-115 with Atlantis.  ET-118 will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A.  Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd1516

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Bu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank No. 118 is lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. The stack is designated to... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, a United Space Alliance worker attaches external tank No. 118 to one of the solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform.  The stack is designated to fly on mission STS-115 with Atlantis.  ET-118 will fly with many major safety changes, including the removal of the protuberance air load ramps. The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A.  Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd1518

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Bu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, a United Space Alliance worker attaches external tank No. 118 to one of the solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. ... more

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

At Launch Pad 39A, the external tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows damage from hail bombardment during a strong thunderstorm that passed through Kennedy Space Center about 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26. A fu... more

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

At Launch Pad 39A, the external tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows damage from hail bombardment during a strong thunderstorm that passed through Kennedy Space Center about 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26. A fu... more

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

The External Tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows Hail

At Launch Pad 39A, the external tank attached to Space Shuttle Atlantis shows damage from hail bombardment during a strong thunderstorm that passed through Kennedy Space Center about 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26. A fu... more

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

In high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, a technician marks off an area for inspection on Atlantis' external tank. A severe thunderstorm with golf ball-sized hail caused visible divots in the giant tank'... more

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

On an upper level of high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, technicians secure protective material around Atlantis' external tank. The preparations are for future repair work of the hail damage that happe... more

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building prepare materials that will be used during repair of the nose cone on Atlantis' external tank. A severe thunderstorm with golf ball-sized hail caused visible divots ... more

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

On an upper level of high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, technicians prepare the area around the nose cone (left) of Atlantis' external tank that will undergo repair for hail damage. A severe thunderst... more

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

Repairing the damage to Atlantis' External Tank

On an upper level of high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, technicians place protective material around the nose cone of Atlantis' external tank. The nose cone will undergo repair for hail damage. A seve... more