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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.   Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by flying solo, non-stop without refueling, to surpass the current record for the longest flight of any aircraft. Final preparations are being made at Kennedy before taking off on its record-setting flight, as early as Feb. 1, from Kennedy's Space Shuttle Landing Facility.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0157

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.   Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by flying solo, non-stop without refueling, to surpass the current record for the longest flight of any aircraft. Final preparations are being made at Kennedy before taking off on its record-setting flight, as early as Feb. 1, from Kennedy's Space Shuttle Landing Facility.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0160

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.   At left, Jim Ball, KSC Spaceport Development manager, hands out information flyers.  Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by flying solo, non-stop without refueling, to surpass the current record for the longest flight of any aircraft. Final preparations are being made at Kennedy before taking off on its record-setting flight, as early as Feb. 1, from Kennedy's Space Shuttle Landing Facility.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0158

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. At left, Jim Ball, KSC Spaceport Development manager, hands out informat... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.   Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by flying solo, non-stop without refueling, to surpass the current record for the longest flight of any aircraft. Final preparations are being made at Kennedy before taking off on its record-setting flight, as early as Feb. 1, from Kennedy's Space Shuttle Landing Facility.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0159

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft is on display for employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training auditorium, Center Director Jim Kennedy talks to employees about the NASA budget and its impact on the Center.  The all-hands meeting followed a press conference held by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin on the agency’s budget. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0196

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training auditorium, Center Director Jim Kennedy talks to employees about the NASA budget and its impact on the Center. The all-hands meeting follow... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training auditorium, Center Director Jim Kennedy talks to employees about the NASA budget and its impact on the Center.  The all-hands meeting followed a press conference held by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin on the agency’s budget. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0197

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center’s training auditorium, Center Director Jim Kennedy talks to employees about the NASA budget and its impact on the Center. The all-hands meeting follow... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At a press conference at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Jim Kennedy (right), KSC director, introduces the principals in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer long-distance attempt.   Seated from left are Jim Ball, manager of KSC Spaceport Development; Steve Fossett, the pilot; and Sir Richard Branson, chairman and founder of Virgin Atlantic.  Steve Fossett will pilot the GlobalFlyer on a record-breaking attempt by flying solo, non-stop without refueling, to surpass the current record for the longest flight of any aircraft.  Fossett is expected to take off from the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility early Tuesday morning.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0195

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a press conference at NASA Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a press conference at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Jim Kennedy (right), KSC director, introduces the principals in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer long-distance attempt. Seated ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a snowy egret in breeding plumage stalks the ground.  This species is identified by its slender black bill, black legs and yellow feet.  It inhabits salt marshes, ponds, rice fields and shallow coastal bays.  Its range is northern California, Oklahoma and Maine to southern South America.  They winter regularly north to California and South Carolina.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0233

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a snowy eg...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a snowy egret in breeding plumage stalks the ground. This species is identified by its slender black bill, black legs and yellow feet. It inhabits s... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate spoonbill (front) and white ibis search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangrove such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas.  These birds feed on shrimps and fish in the shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side.  White ibis inhabit marshy sloughs, mud flats, lagoons and swamp forests along the coast from South Carolina to Florida and Texas and south to northern South America.  The ibis with the brown wings is an immature ibis. The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0228

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate spoonbill (front) and white ibis search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangrove such as on the coasts of southern Flo... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center,  roseate spoonbills (front) and white ibis search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas.  These birds feed on shrimp and fish in the shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side.  White ibis inhabit marshy sloughs, mud flats, lagoons and swamp forests along the coast from South Carolina to Florida and Texas and south to northern South America.   The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0229

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, roseate s...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, roseate spoonbills (front) and white ibis search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Fl... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, roseate spoonbills search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas.  These birds feed on shrimp and fish in the shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0232

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, roseate sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, roseate spoonbills search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas. These ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate spoonbill searches the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas.  These birds feed on shrimp and fish in the shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0230

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, a roseate spoonbill searches the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas. The... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, alligators sun themselves on the bank of a pond.  American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. The young alligators spend their first several weeks in these dens.  A protected species, alligators can be spotted in the drainage canals and other waters surrounding the Center.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0235

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, alligators...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, alligators sun themselves on the bank of a pond. American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center,  two roseate spoonbills search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas.  These birds feed on shrimp and fish in the shallow water, sweeping their bills from side to side.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0231

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, two rosea...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, two roseate spoonbills search the murky canal for food. Spoonbills inhabit areas of mangroves such as on the coasts of southern Florida and Texas. T... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  A hawk sits precariously on the top of a tree as it eyes its surroundings on NASA Kennedy Space Center. The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0227

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A hawk sits precariously on the top of a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A hawk sits precariously on the top of a tree as it eyes its surroundings on NASA Kennedy Space Center. The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refug... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center, an alligator suns itself on the bank of a pond.  American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. The young alligators spend their first several weeks in these dens.  A protected species, alligators can be spotted in the drainage canals and other waters surrounding the Center.  The Center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 fishes 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/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0234

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, an alligat...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center, an alligator suns itself on the bank of a pond. American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. T... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Center Director Jim Kennedy (at podium) welcomes Deputy Director Bill Parsons back to the center during a space shuttle all hands meeting.  Following Kennedy, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discussed the status of the program, successes of the STS-114 mission, effects of Hurricane Katrina on NASA facilities, and the newly released budget. Photo credit:  NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0296

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kenn...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Center Director Jim Kennedy (at podium) welcomes Deputy Director Bill Parsons back to the center during a space shuttle al... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses the status of the program, successes of the STS-114 mission, effects of Hurricane Katrina on NASA facilities, and the newly released budget.  Photo credit:  NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0298

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses the status of the program, success... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses effects of Hurricane Katrina on NASA facilities, the status of the program, successes of the STS-114 mission, and the newly released budget.  Photo credit:  NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0300

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses effects of Hurricane Katrina on NA... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Deputy Director Bill Parsons, at the beginning of a space shuttle all hands meeting, speaks to employees about his journey through NASA.  He was followed by Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discussed the status of the program, successes of the STS-114 mission, effects of Hurricane Katrina on NASA facilities, and the newly released budget.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0297

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kenn...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Deputy Director Bill Parsons, at the beginning of a space shuttle all hands meeting, speaks to employees about his journey... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses effects of Hurricane Katrina on NASA facilities, the status of the program, successes of the STS-114 mission, and the newly released budget.  Photo credit:  NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0299

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a space shuttle all hands meeting in the training auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale discusses effects of Hurricane Katrina on NA... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the GOES-N satellite is prepared for demating from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues and postponed to a later date. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft has been atop the rocket without launching, the weather satellite is being returned to the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility for some precautionary retesting and state-of-health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0326

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Ai...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the GOES-N satellite is prepared for demating from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postp... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a technician demates the GOES-N satellite from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues and postponed to a later date. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft has been atop the rocket without launching, the weather satellite is being returned to the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility for some precautionary retesting and state-of-health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0324

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Ai...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a technician demates the GOES-N satellite from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians demate the GOES-N satellite from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues and postponed to a later date. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft has been atop the rocket without launching, the weather satellite is being returned to the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility for some precautionary retesting and state-of-health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0323

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Ai...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians demate the GOES-N satellite from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed i... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians disconnect fittings on the GOES-N satellite before it is demated from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. Launch of the satellite was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues and postponed to a later date. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft has been atop the rocket without launching, the weather satellite is being returned to the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility for some precautionary retesting and state-of-health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0325

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Ai...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, technicians disconnect fittings on the GOES-N satellite before it is demated from its Boeing Delta IV rocket. La... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the GOES-N spacecraft, secured inside a payload fairing, is surrounded by a work stand.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0363

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the GOES-N spacecraft, secured inside a payload fairing, is surrounded by a work stand. Workers will... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers watch closely as the fairing encapsulating the GOES-N spacecraft is opened.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0366

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers watch closely as the fairing encapsulating the GOES-N spacecraft is opened. Workers are usin... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the first half of the fairing (left) is removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0367

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the first half of the fairing (left) is removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft. Workers are using... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers secure one of the fairing halves removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft onto a horizontal stand.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0371

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers secure one of the fairing halves removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft onto a horizontal ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., multi-level work stands surround the encapsulated GOES-N spacecraft.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0365

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., multi-level work stands surround the encapsulated GOES-N spacecraft. Workers are using the stand to ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., one of the fairing halves removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft is being lowered onto a horizontal stand.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0370

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., one of the fairing halves removed from around the GOES-N spacecraft is being lowered onto a horizonta... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the GOES-N spacecraft sits on the workstand after removal of the first half of the fairing, suspended at right.  The second half remains behind it.   Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0369

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the GOES-N spacecraft sits on the workstand after removal of the first half of the fairing, suspended... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the first half of the fairing (right) is moved away from the GOES-N spacecraft after being detached.  The spacecraft and second half of the fairing are seen behind it.  Workers are using the stand to detach the fairing from around the spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0368

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the first half of the fairing (right) is moved away from the GOES-N spacecraft after being detached. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers begin detaching the fairing from around the GOES-N spacecraft.  Workers will use the stand to begin detaching the fairing from around the spacecraft.  The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once out of the atmosphere, the fairing is jettisoned.  Removing the fairing will allow workers access to the spacecraft. GOES-N was demated from its Boeing Delta IV launch vehicle when the launch was postponed in August 2005 due to technical issues. Due to the extended length of time the spacecraft had been atop the Delta IV rocket without launching, the weather satellite was returned to Astrotech for some precautionary retesting and state of health checks. GOES-N is the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA providing continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0364

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload pr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., workers begin detaching the fairing from around the GOES-N spacecraft. Workers will use the stand to... 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 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. - 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. - 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 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, 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. - 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.  -  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 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 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.  -  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 a canal on Kennedy Space Center, young alligators stay close to their nest.  Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and waterways throughout the Center and the surrounding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. The young alligators spend their first several weeks in these dens. The Wildlife Refuge encompasses 92,000 acres that are a habitat for more than 331 species of birds, 31 mammals, 117 fishes, and 65 amphibians and reptiles.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0477

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, youn...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, young alligators stay close to their nest. Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and waterways throughout the Center and the su... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, an alligator stays close to its young, at right.  Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and waterways throughout the Center and the surrounding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. The young alligators spend their first several weeks in these dens. The Wildlife Refuge encompasses 92,000 acres that are a habitat for more than 331 species of birds, 31 mammals, 117 fishes, and 65 amphibians and reptiles.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0476

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, an a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, an alligator stays close to its young, at right. Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and waterways throughout the Center and ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, the adult alligator moves into the midst of the young alligators near their nest.  Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and waterways throughout the Center and the surrounding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. American alligators feed and rest in the water, and lay their eggs in dens they dig into the banks. The young alligators spend their first several weeks in these dens. The Wildlife Refuge encompasses 92,000 acres that are a habitat for more than 331 species of birds, 31 mammals, 117 fishes, and 65 amphibians and reptiles.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0478

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In a canal on Kennedy Space Center, the adult alligator moves into the midst of the young alligators near their nest. Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds and wat... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - A pair of mating bald eagles are spotted in their pine-tree nest near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center.  The nest, decades old, measures about 12 feet deep.  The nest is one of a dozen active nests throughout the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with the Center.  Eagles' habitats are near lakes, rivers, marshes and seacoasts.  Nests are masses of sticks, usually in the top of a tall tree.  Even though they are fish eaters, bald eagles will take whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain. Bald eagles which live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers feed mainly on fish. Bald eagles fish in both fresh and salt water. Because of the energy expended during hunting, an eagle has to spend a lot of time resting quietly. It's estimated that only one out of eighteen attacks are successful.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0473

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A pair of mating bald eagles are spotted...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A pair of mating bald eagles are spotted in their pine-tree nest near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center. The nest, decades old, measures about 12 feet deep. The nest is one of a doz... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - A bald eagle, spotted near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center, begins its flight, perhaps scouting for food or heading for its nearby nest.  There are a dozen active nests throughout the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with the Center.  Eagles' habitats are near lakes, rivers, marshes and seacoasts.  Nests are masses of sticks, usually in the top of a tall tree.  Even though they are fish eaters, bald eagles will take whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain. Bald eagles which live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers feed mainly on fish. Bald eagles fish in both fresh and salt water. Because of the energy expended during hunting, an eagle has to spend a lot of time resting quietly. It's estimated that only one out of eighteen attacks are successful.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0475

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A bald eagle, spotted near S.R. 3 on Ken...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A bald eagle, spotted near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center, begins its flight, perhaps scouting for food or heading for its nearby nest. There are a dozen active nests throughout t... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - A bald eagle on the ground may be protecting its food or resting after a hunt for food.  This one was spotted near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center, close to its nest.  The nest is one of a dozen active nests throughout the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a boundary with the Center.  Eagles' habitats are near lakes, rivers, marshes and seacoasts.  Nests are masses of sticks, usually in the top of a tall tree.  Even though they are fish eaters, bald eagles will take whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain. Bald eagles which live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers feed mainly on fish. Bald eagles fish in both fresh and salt water. Because of the energy expended during hunting, an eagle has to spend a lot of time resting quietly. It's estimated that only one out of eighteen attacks are successful.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0474

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A bald eagle on the ground may be protec...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A bald eagle on the ground may be protecting its food or resting after a hunt for food. This one was spotted near S.R. 3 on Kennedy Space Center, close to its nest. The nest is o... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel tends to an "injured astronaut" inside a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shuttle crew. Known as a Mode VI exercise, the operation uses volunteer workers from the Center to pose as astronauts. The purpose of the simulation is to exercise emergency preparedness personnel, equipment and facilities in rescuing astronauts from a downed orbiter and providing immediate medical attention. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0513

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel tends to an "injured astronaut" inside a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shut... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel tends to an "injured astronaut" inside a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shuttle crew.  Known as a Mode VI exercise, the operation uses volunteer workers from the Center to pose as astronauts. The purpose of the simulation is to exercise emergency preparedness personnel, equipment and facilities in rescuing astronauts from a downed orbiter and providing immediate medical attention. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0512

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel tends to an "injured astronaut" inside a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shut... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel lower an "injured astronaut" on a stretcher down the stairs of the orbiter mockup.  Volunteers and emergency rescue workers are participating in a simulated emergency landing of a shuttle crew. Known as a Mode VI exercise, the operation uses volunteer workers from the Center to pose as astronauts. The purpose of the simulation is to exercise emergency preparedness personnel, equipment and facilities in rescuing astronauts from a downed orbiter and providing immediate medical attention. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0515

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel lower an "injured astronaut" on a stretcher down the stairs of the orbiter mockup. Volunteers and eme... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel carry an "injured astronaut" to a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shuttle crew.  Known as a Mode VI exercise, the operation uses volunteer workers from the Center to pose as astronauts. The purpose of the simulation is to exercise emergency preparedness personnel, equipment and facilities in rescuing astronauts from a downed orbiter and providing immediate medical attention. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0514

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, emergency personnel carry an "injured astronaut" to a rescue vehicle during a simulated emergency landing of a shuttle cre... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane is moved into place above the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0521

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane is moved into place ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane is moved into place above the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The module is bein... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello across the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights .    Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0523

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane carries the multi-pu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello across the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The module is being moved to ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane lifts the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello from its work stand in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights .   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0522

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lifts the multi-purp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lifts the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello from its work stand in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The module is b... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   The multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello sits on a work stand in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  Rafaello will be moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights .  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0520

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The multi-purpose logistics module Raf...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello sits on a work stand in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Rafaello will be moved to the Operatio... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello toward a waiting payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0524

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane carries the multi-pu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello toward a waiting payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello into a payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights .  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0526

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lowers the multi-pur...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello into a payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The module... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   An overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello into a waiting payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The module is being moved to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements from other ISS partners for future flights.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0525

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lowers the multi-pur...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Raffaello into a waiting payload canister in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the  multi-purpose logistics module Donatello is being prepared for a move to a payload canister.  Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0527

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello is being prepared for a move to a payload canister. Donate... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello into the waiting payload canister.  Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0532

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane lowers the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello into the waiting payload canister.... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -    In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello from its work stand across the floor to a payload canister.  Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0530

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello from its work stand across the f... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -    In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello toward the open doors of the payload canister at left.  Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0531

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane carries the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello toward the open doors of the pay... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -    In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane lifts the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello from its work stand to move it to a payload canister.  Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0529

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the overhead crane lifts the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello from its work stand to move it to ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -   In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), workers attach an overhead crane to the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello in order to move it to a payload canister.   Donatello is being transferred to the Operations and Checkout Building to make room in the SSPF for the arrival of elements for future flights from other ISS partners. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0528

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), workers attach an overhead crane to the multi-purpose logistics module Donatello in order to move it to a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana begin removing foam from the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is the first step in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit. After the foam removal, the technicians will remove a cover, called the "manhole," to provide access to the area to begin the removal and replacement of the sensors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0549

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana begin removing foam from the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is the first step in removing an... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -  Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana begin removing foam from the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is the first step in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit. After the foam removal, the technicians will remove a cover, called the "manhole," to provide access to the area to begin the removal and replacement of the sensors. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0548

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana begin removing foam from the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is the first step in removing an... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana create a clean-room working area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is part of the process in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit. After the cleaning, the manhole will be removed to provide access to the area of the sensors for their removal. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0560

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's M...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana create a clean-room working area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana install a clean-room working area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is part of the process in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit. After the cleaning, the manhole will be removed to provide access to the area of the sensors for their removal. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0561

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Mar...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana install a clean-room working area around the "manhole" on the external ta... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana inspect and clean the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121.  The work is part of the process in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit.  After the cleaning, the manhole will be removed to provide access to the area of the sensors for their removal. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0551

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana inspect and clean the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana clean the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is part of the process in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit. After the cleaning, the manhole will be removed to provide access to the area of the sensors for their removal. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0559

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Lockheed Martin technicians from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana clean the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work is ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - A Lockheed Martin technician from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana cleans the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121.  The work is part of the process in removing and replacing the external tank's four liquid hydrogen main engine cutoff sensors, which indicate whether the tank still has fuel during its climb to orbit.  After the cleaning, the manhole will be removed to provide access to the area of the sensors for their removal. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0550

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A Lockheed Martin technician from NASA's...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A Lockheed Martin technician from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana cleans the area around the "manhole" on the external tank designated for mission STS-121. The work ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the nose cap on top of external tank number 119 has been removed.  A new gaseous oxygen vent valve will be installed.  Tank 119 is designated for mission STS-121.  Vapors are created prior to launch as the liquid oxygen in the external tank boils off. At the forward end of each external tank propellant tank is a vent and relief valve that can be opened before launch for venting or by excessive tank pressure for relief. The vent function is available only before launch. Mission STS-121 to the International Space Station is scheduled for launch in July. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0564

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the nose cap on top of external tank number 119 has been removed. A new gaseous oxygen vent valve will be installe... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers begin removal of the nose cap on top of external tank number 119, the tank designated for mission STS-121.  The cap is being removed in order to install a new gaseous oxygen vent valve under the nose cap. Vapors are created prior to launch as the liquid oxygen in the external tank boils off. At the forward end of each external tank propellant tank is a vent and relief valve that can be opened before launch for venting or by excessive tank pressure for relief. The vent function is available only before launch. Mission STS-121 to the International Space Station is scheduled for launch in July. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0562

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers begin removal of the nose cap on top of external tank number 119, the tank designated for mission STS-121. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers remove the nose cap on top of external tank number 119, the tank designated for mission STS-121.  The cap is being removed in order to install a new gaseous oxygen vent valve under the nose cap. Vapors are created prior to launch as the liquid oxygen in the external tank boils off. At the forward end of each external tank propellant tank is a vent and relief valve that can be opened before launch for venting or by excessive tank pressure for relief. The vent function is available only before launch. Mission STS-121 to the International Space Station is scheduled for launch in July. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0563

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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers remove the nose cap on top of external tank number 119, the tank designated for mission STS-121. The cap i... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter boom sensor system is lowered into Atlantis' payload bay for installation.  The 50-foot-long boom attaches to the shuttle arm and is one of the new safety measures added prior to Return to Flight last year. It equips the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the shuttle's heat shield while in space.  Atlantis is scheduled to launch on mission STS-115 no earlier than Aug. 28.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0566

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter boom sensor system is lowered into Atlantis' payload bay for installation. The 50-foot-long boom a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter boom sensor system is lifted off a transporter.  The boom will be installed in Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long boom attaches to the shuttle arm and is one of the new safety measures added prior to Return to Flight last year. It equips the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the shuttle's heat shield while in space.  Atlantis is scheduled to launch on mission STS-115 no earlier than Aug. 28.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0565

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter boom sensor system is lifted off a transporter. The boom will be installed in Atlantis' payload ba... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers install the orbiter boom sensor system into Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long boom attaches to the shuttle arm and is one of the new safety measures added prior to Return to Flight last year. It equips the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the shuttle's heat shield while in space.  Atlantis is scheduled to launch on mission STS-115 no earlier than Aug. 28.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0567

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers install the orbiter boom sensor system into Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long boom attaches to th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers complete installation of the orbiter boom sensor system into Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long boom attaches to the shuttle arm and is one of the new safety measures added prior to Return to Flight last year. It equips the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the shuttle's heat shield while in space.  Atlantis is scheduled to launch on mission STS-115 no earlier than Aug. 28.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0568

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers complete installation of the orbiter boom sensor system into Atlantis' payload bay. The 50-foot-long bo... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Endeavour waits for installation of its reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap.  The nose cap is insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0573

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Endeavour waits for installation of its reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap. The nose cap is insulated with the... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers are nearby as a crane lifts the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap to be installed onto Endeavour.  The nose cap is insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0575

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers are nearby as a crane lifts the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap to be installed onto Endeavour. The... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers maneuver the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap as it is hoisted into the air.  The nose cap will be installed on Endeavour.  The nose cap is insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0576

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers maneuver the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap as it is hoisted into the air. The nose cap will be in... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers are preparing to move and install the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap (on the stand) onto Endeavour.  The nose cap is insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0574

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers are preparing to move and install the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap (on the stand) onto Endeavour.... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock is being lifted for installation in Endeavour's payload bay.  The airlock is located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin.  The airlock is sized to accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0582

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock is being lifted for installation in Endeavour's payload bay. The airlock is located in the middec... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers observe the movement of the airlock as it is lowered into Endeavour's payload bay for installation. The airlock is located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin.  The airlock is sized to accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0584

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers observe the movement of the airlock as it is lowered into Endeavour's payload bay for installation. Th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock is lowered by an overhead crane into Endeavour's payload bay for installation. The airlock is located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin.  The airlock is sized to accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0583

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock is lowered by an overhead crane into Endeavour's payload bay for installation. The airlock is locat... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers stand by as the airlock is lowered into place for installation into Endeavour's payload bay. The airlock is located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin.  The airlock is sized to accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0586

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, workers stand by as the airlock is lowered into place for installation into Endeavour's payload bay. The airlo... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   The reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap has been installed on Endeavour in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The nose cap has been insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0580

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap h...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap has been installed on Endeavour in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The nose cap has been insulated with the... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker checks the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap after installation on Endeavour.  The nose cap has been insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0579

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker checks the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap after installation on Endeavour. The nose cap has been i... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap has been installed on Endeavour.  The nose cap has been insulated with thermal protection system blankets made of a woven ceramic fabric.  The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0578

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap has been installed on Endeavour. The nose cap has been insulated with th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock has been lowered into place for installation into Endeavour's payload bay. The airlock is located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin.  The airlock is sized to accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-06pd0585

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the airlock has been lowered into place for installation into Endeavour's payload bay. The airlock is located ... more