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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, preparations are underway to remove the gear boxes on the C truck of crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2. A section of the treads were removed to allow access to the gear boxes.    Work continues in high bay 2 to upgrade CT-2. The modifications are designed to ensure CT-2’s ability to transport launch vehicles currently in development, such as the agency’s Space Launch System, to the launch pad. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at Kennedy is overseeing the upgrades. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/ground/crawler-transporter. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-2014-1951

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, preparations are underway to remove the gear boxes on the C truck of crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2. A sect... More

F40 2655 on launcher

F40 2655 on launcher

F40 2655 on launcher

University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin Sounding Rocket  H121-2681-I(Terrapin)  Model on the Launcher

University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin Sounding Rocket H121-2681-I(...

LAL 95,647 University of Maryland-Republic Terrapin sounding rocket mounted on special launcher, September 21, 1956. Photograph published in A New Dimension Wallops Island Flight Test Range: The First Fifteen ... More

Little Joe on launcher at Wallops Island

Little Joe on launcher at Wallops Island

(August 21, 1959) Little Joe on launcher at Wallops Island. Little Joe was a major project for Langley. It was a test of the escape and recovery systems on the Mercury spacecraft...Image # : L-1959-05136

Pre-launch alert, Complex 36B.  Gantry pull back with LOX vapor around launcher, Centaur 9.  Surveyor Mass Model Spacecraft. 66PC-326

Pre-launch alert, Complex 36B. Gantry pull back with LOX vapor around...

Pre-launch alert, Complex 36B. Gantry pull back with LOX vapor around launcher, Centaur 9. Surveyor Mass Model Spacecraft.

KSC-68P-0575

KSC-68P-0575

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first stage of the Apollo 10 Saturn V space vehicle is hoisted above the transfer aisle in preparation for erection on a mobile launcher within High Bay 2 of the Vehicle Assembly Buil... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - The S-1C booster for the Apollo 11 Saturn V was erected atop its mobile launcher in the Spaceport's VAB today. KSC-69P-168

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The S-1C booster for the Apollo 11 Satur...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The S-1C booster for the Apollo 11 Saturn V was erected atop its mobile launcher in the Spaceport's VAB today.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  - An overhead crane lifts the Saturn V first stage for the Apollo 11 mission from the transfer aisle floor in preparation for stacking on a mobile launcher within the Vehicle Assembly Building's High Bay 1.  The fully assembled vehicle will be called the Apollo/Saturn 506.  The 138-foot-long stage, to which two additional stages -- the instrument unit and the Apollo spacecraft -- will be added, will generate a liftoff thrust of 7.7 million pounds.  Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. will pilot the mission which is to include a lunar landing in the lunar module by Armstrong and Aldrin. KSC-69PC-69

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lifts the Saturn V fir...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - An overhead crane lifts the Saturn V first stage for the Apollo 11 mission from the transfer aisle floor in preparation for stacking on a mobile launcher within the Vehicle Assembl... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Carrying the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle and mobile launcher, the transporter inches its way to the hardstand atop Launch Complex 39A.  (Unfueled Saturn V weighs 1/2 million pounds,)  Rollout began at 12:30 p.m. EDT today and was completed at 7:46 p.m.  after positioning the 12.5-million-pound load on support pedestals. The transporter carried the vehicle along the 3.5-mile crawlerway at an average speed of less than 1 mile per hour.  The 363-foot-high space vehicle is to launch Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. on the Nation's first manned lunar landing mission. KSC-69PC-249

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Carrying the Apollo 11 Saturn V space ve...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Carrying the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle and mobile launcher, the transporter inches its way to the hardstand atop Launch Complex 39A. (Unfueled Saturn V weighs 1/2 million p... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (front) and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walk across the mobile launcher to enter their Apollo 11 spacecraft.  Along with them is Joe Schmidt, a suit technician from Johnson Space Center.  Not shown is the third member of the crew, astronaut Michael Collins. Liftoff of Apollo 11 is scheduled at 9:32 a.m. EDT from Pad 39A, which will begin man's first lunar landing mission. KSC-69PC-399

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (front) and...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (front) and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walk across the mobile launcher to enter their Apollo 11 spacecraft. Along with them is Joe Schmidt, a suit technician... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Hundreds of news media representatives prepare for the big moment -- the liftoff of Apollo 11.  That moment came at 9:32 a.m. EDT as Apollo 11 lifted off its launch pad to begin the first manned lunar landing mission.  The space vehicle is seen on its mobile launcher at Pad 39A (center-rear, across water), prior to the liftoff.  More than 3,000 press representatives witnessed the liftoff. KSC-69PC-401

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Hundreds of news media representatives p...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Hundreds of news media representatives prepare for the big moment -- the liftoff of Apollo 11. That moment came at 9:32 a.m. EDT as Apollo 11 lifted off its launch pad to begin th... More

A view of the aft missile launcher with test surface-to-air missiles aboard the heavy cruiser USS BOSTON (CA-69) during operations off the coast of Vietnam near the I Corps area. In the foreground are used ammunition cans

A view of the aft missile launcher with test surface-to-air missiles a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: South China Sea Scene Camera Operator: Ph1 David C. Maclean Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view looking down at crewmen as they perform maintenance on a Tartar missile launcher aboard the guided missile cruiser USS COLUMBUS (CG-12)

A view looking down at crewmen as they perform maintenance on a Tartar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: Ph1 David Maclean Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Marine recruit is instructed in the handling of an M190 subcaliber launcher for the firing of an M73 subcaliber rocket. This is a training device used to simulate the M73A1 and M73A2 series of light anti-tank weapons

A Marine recruit is instructed in the handling of an M190 subcaliber l...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

US Army soldiers test an MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

US Army soldiers test an MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Black Forest Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

US Army soldiers load MIM-23B Hawk missiles onto a towed launcher

US Army soldiers load MIM-23B Hawk missiles onto a towed launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Black Forest Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

A US Army soldier aims an FIM-43C Redeye anti-aircraft guided missile system launcher during a training exercise

A US Army soldier aims an FIM-43C Redeye anti-aircraft guided missile ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Soviet-made SA-2 surface-to-air missile and launcher. (SUBSTANDARD)

A Soviet-made SA-2 surface-to-air missile and launcher. (SUBSTANDARD)

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Soviet-made SA-2 surface-to-air missile and launcher

A Soviet-made SA-2 surface-to-air missile and launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An elevated view of the bow of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG) showing a 76.2mm/60-caliber anti-aircraft gun, eight SS-N-12 Shaddock missile launch tubes and an SA-N-3 missile launcher. A retracted SA-N-4 missile launcher is under the circular cover plate in the upper left

An elevated view of the bow of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Bishop Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An elevated view of a 76.2 mm/60-caliber anti-aircraft gun and an SA-N-3 missile launcher mounted on the aft superstructure of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG).  A retracted SA-N-4 missile launcher is under the circular cover plate beside the gun

An elevated view of a 76.2 mm/60-caliber anti-aircraft gun and an SA-N...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 James Bishop Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of SS-N-12 Shaddock missile launch tubes and an SA-N-3 missile launcher mounted on the bow of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG). Two 30mm close-in weapons systems guns are mounted on the forward part of the island and two more are mounted at the forward edge of the flight deck. A Bass Tilt fire control radar is mounted next to the deck edge guns

A view of SS-N-12 Shaddock missile launch tubes and an SA-N-3 missile ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Bishop Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the shuttle service and access tower SSAT, left, is assembled at Launch Complex 39A from sections of launch umbilical tower 3. The lower 180 feet of the old ML-3 will be topped by the former uppermost section on which a hammerhead crane will be installed and the next lower section which houses the intact ML-3 elevator room and equipment. The SSAT will anchor and support a hinge column to the Payload Changeout Room PCR which will travel on a rail in a specified area to enclose the space shuttle's cargo bay on the pad for installation or removal of payloads. Mobile Launcher 2, center right, is on the pad to support the PCR during construction. Photo Credit: NASA KSC-76PC-0541

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the sh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the shuttle service and access tower SSAT, left, is assembled at Launch Complex 39A from sections of launch umbilical tower 3. The lower 180 feet ... More

A right front view of a vehicle-mounted Soviet Galosh anti-ballistic missile launcher

A right front view of a vehicle-mounted Soviet Galosh anti-ballistic m...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

US Army soldiers inspect MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

US Army soldiers inspect MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Black Forest Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

US Army soldiers load an MIM-72 Chaparral missile onto an M48 Chaparral low-altitude self-propelled surface-to-air missile system launcher

US Army soldiers load an MIM-72 Chaparral missile onto an M48 Chaparra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Black Forest Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

HELLFIRE MISSILE LAUNCHER

HELLFIRE MISSILE LAUNCHER

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 3/8/1978 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: c1978_00800s 1978_00889.jpg Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

HUGHES YAH-64 HELICOPTER WITH MISSILE LAUNCHER

HUGHES YAH-64 HELICOPTER WITH MISSILE LAUNCHER

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 4/3/1978 Keywords: c1978_01100s 1978_01174.jpg Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shuttle Endeavour is being lowered into place where it will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, already positioned on the mobile launcher platform. Endeavour and its STS-134 crew will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the International Space Station. Endeavour's final launch is targeted for April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT. For more information visit, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-1978

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shuttle Endeavour is being lowered into place where it will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid ro... More

HELLFIRE LAUNCHER IN THE ICING RESEARCH TUNNEL IRT

HELLFIRE LAUNCHER IN THE ICING RESEARCH TUNNEL IRT

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 3/23/1978 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: c1978_01000s 1978_01039.jpg Larsen Scan Location Building No: 11 Photographs Relating to Agency Activ... More

An AN/MPQ-53 multi-function guidance radar system, foreground, and an MIM-104A Patriot missile launcher on display during an open house at the base

An AN/MPQ-53 multi-function guidance radar system, foreground, and an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Tom Dailey Release Status: Releas... More

US Army soldiers armed with M16A1 rifles wait inside a helicopter during an exercise. The second soldier from the right has an M203 40 mm grenade launcher attached to his M16A1

US Army soldiers armed with M16A1 rifles wait inside a helicopter duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Full-scale model of an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile with a single-rail launcher attached

Full-scale model of an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile with a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eglin Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

A rocket launcher pod mounted on the wing pylon of an aircraft

A rocket launcher pod mounted on the wing pylon of an aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Private Donnie Smith of B Battery, 1ST Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery rushes to uncover a camouflaged HAWK surface-air-to-air missile launcher during joint Air Force and US Readiness Command training exercise Brave Shield XIX

Private Donnie Smith of B Battery, 1ST Battalion, 7th Air Defense Arti...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Hood State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ernest H. Sealing Release Status: Released to Pu... More

A close-up view of AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missile mounted on a rotary missile launcher in the bomb bay of a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft

A close-up view of AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missile mounte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Crewmen stand at parade rest under the Mark 10 missile launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45) as the ship gets underway for participation in exercise Unitas XX

Crewmen stand at parade rest under the Mark 10 missile launcher aboard...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XX Base: Nas, Roosevelt Roads State: Puerto Rico (PR) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: ... More

A Sea Sparrow missile is launched from the eight-tube base point defense surface missile system (BPDSMS) launcher aboard the frigate USS TRIPPE (FF-1075) during exercise Unitas XX

A Sea Sparrow missile is launched from the eight-tube base point defen...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XX Base: Rio De Janeiro Country: Brazil (BRA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 J. Vinson Release Status: Released to Public... More

A front view of the Mark 10 missile launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45) as the ship gets underway for exercise Unitas XX

A front view of the Mark 10 missile launcher aboard the guided missile...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XX Base: Nas, Roosevelt Roads State: Puerto Rico (PR) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: ... More

Locals tour the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45) after its arrival in port during exercise Unitas XX. Note the Terrier/Standard-ER SAM missiles on the twin Mark 10 Mod 0 launcher

Locals tour the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45) after its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XX Base: Punta Arenas Country: Chile (CHL) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN R. Maxwell Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A starboard view of the eight-tube Mark 16 ASROC launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG-45) during Phase 0 of exercise Unitas XX

A starboard view of the eight-tube Mark 16 ASROC launcher aboard the g...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XX Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 K. Brewer Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

A Hawk missile launcher

A Hawk missile launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcas, Cherry Point State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Sgt Rozalyn Dorsey Release Status: ... More

A close-up view of eight AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM) loaded on the rotary launcher in the bomb bay of a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft

A close-up view of eight AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM) l...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Utah Test And Training Range State: Utah (UT) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... More

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, the left and right hand aft segments are off-loaded into High Bay 4 in the Vehicle Assembly Building and mated to their respective SRB aft skirts. The two aft assemblies will support the entire 150 foot tall solid boosters, in turn supporting the external tank and Orbiter Columbia on the Mobile Launcher Platform, for the first orbital flight test of the Space Shuttle. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-2

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, ...

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, the left and right hand aft segments are off-loaded into High Bay 4 in the Vehicle Assembly Building and mated to their respective SRB aft s... More

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TWO SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS ON TOP OF A MOBIL LAUNCHER PLATFORM, UNDERGOES FIT AND FUNCTION CHECKS AT THE LAUNCH SITE FOR THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39'S PAD A.  THE DUMMY SPACE SHUTTLE WAS ASSEMBLED IN THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING AND ROLLED OUT TO THE LAUNCH SITE ON MAY 1 AS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO MAKE CERTAIN SHUTTLE ELEMENTS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE SPACEPORT'S ASSEMBLY AND LAUNCH FACILITIES AND GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, AND HELP CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER COLUMBIA. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-17

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TW...

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TWO SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS ON TOP OF A MOBIL LAUNCHER PLATFORM, UNDERGOES FIT AND FUNCTION CHECKS AT THE LAUNCH SITE FOR THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTL... More

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise, mated to a 15-story-tall external propellant tank and twin inert solid rocket boosters on top of a Mobile Launcher Platform, is rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building from Lauch Complex 39's Pad A July 23 at the completion of nearly three months of fit and function checks at the shuttle launch site as part of the exercise designed to help clear the way for the liftoff of its sister ship Columbia.  The massive Crawler Transporter began moving its 11 million pound load the 3.5 miles from pad A to the VAB at 10:23 a.m. and reached the doorway to High Bay 1 at 3:48p.m.  following serveral days of fit checks of modified extermiable platforms in the assembly bay, the nonlaunchable shuttle will be destacked.  Enterprise will be returned to Rockwell International and stripped of parts for integration into orbiter destined for space, while the external tank and solid booster will be returned to their respective prime contractors and refurbished for use on a later shuttle mission. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-18

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise, mated to a 15-story-tall external pr...

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise, mated to a 15-story-tall external propellant tank and twin inert solid rocket boosters on top of a Mobile Launcher Platform, is rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building fro... More

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise mated to an external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters on top of a Mobil Launcher Platform, undergoes fit and function checks at the launch site for the first Space Shuttle at Launch Complex 39's Pad A.  The dummy Space Shuttle was assembled in the Vehicle Assembly Building and rolled out to the launch site on May 1 as part of an exercise to make certain shuttle elements are compatible with the Spaceport's assembly and launch facilities and ground support equipment, and help clear the way for the launch of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-19

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise mated to an external fuel tank and tw...

Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise mated to an external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters on top of a Mobil Launcher Platform, undergoes fit and function checks at the launch site for the first Space Shuttl... More

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TWO SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS ON TOP OF A MOBIL LAUNCHER PLATFORM, UNDERGOES FIT AND FUNCTION CHECKS AT THE LAUNCH SITE FOR THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 39'S PAD A.  THE DUMMY SPACE SHUTTLE WAS ASSEMBLED IN THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING AND ROLLED OUT TO THE LAUNCH SITE ON MAY 1 AS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO MAKE CERTAIN SHUTTLE ELEMENTS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE SPACEPORT'S ASSEMBLY AND LAUNCH FACILITIES AND GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, AND HELP CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER COLUMBIA. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-14

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TW...

SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER ENTERPRISE MATED TO AN EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND TWO SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS ON TOP OF A MOBIL LAUNCHER PLATFORM, UNDERGOES FIT AND FUNCTION CHECKS AT THE LAUNCH SITE FOR THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTL... More

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, the left and right hand aft segments are off-loaded into High Bay 4 in the Vehicle Assembly Building and mated to their respective SRB aft skirts. The two aft assemblies will support the entire 150 foot tall solid boosters, in turn supporting the external tank and Orbiter Columbia on the Mobile Launcher Platform, for the first orbital flight test of the Space Shuttle. ARC-1980-AC80-0107-3

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, ...

The first solid rocket booster solid motor segemnts to arrive at KSC, the left and right hand aft segments are off-loaded into High Bay 4 in the Vehicle Assembly Building and mated to their respective SRB aft s... More

An RBU-6000 rocket launcher mounted on the deck of the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG)

An RBU-6000 rocket launcher mounted on the deck of the Soviet aircraft...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of a twin arm SAN-3 missile launcher aboard the Soviet aircraft carrier KIEV (CVHG)

A view of a twin arm SAN-3 missile launcher aboard the Soviet aircraft...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A side view of an RGM-84 Harpoon missile immediately after being fired from a canister launcher aboard the destroyer USS FLETCHER (DD-992)

A side view of an RGM-84 Harpoon missile immediately after being fired...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An RGM-84 Harpoon missile is launched from an ASROC launcher aboard the Knox class frigate USS BADGER (FF-1071)

An RGM-84 Harpoon missile is launched from an ASROC launcher aboard th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left side view of an AIM-7F Sparrow III air-to-air missile being launched from a Skyguard missile launcher

A left side view of an AIM-7F Sparrow III air-to-air missile being lau...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Nav Weapons Center, China Lake State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Hams Release Status: Releas... More

SSGT Miller, of the combat control team (CCT), fires the grenade launcher

SSGT Miller, of the combat control team (CCT), fires the grenade launc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Bertram W. I. Mau Release Status: R... More

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia is being moved on the mobile launcher platform from the vehicle assembly building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39 before its first flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia is being moved ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform as it arrives at Launch Pad 39 at dusk. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform as it arrives at Launch Pad 39 after leaving the vehicle assembly building (VAB). The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

The Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform (MLP) as it leaves the vehicle assembly building (VAB) and heads toward Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columbia aboard the mobile launcher platform (MLP) as it leaves the vehicle assembly building (VAB) and heads toward Launch Pad 39. The shuttle is undergoing preparations prior to its maiden flight

AN aerial view of the Space Transportation System (STS) shuttle Columb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

An RIM-7 Sparrow missile leaves its Mark 25 launcher during a missile firing exercise aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). Exact Date Shot Unknown

An RIM-7 Sparrow missile leaves its Mark 25 launcher during a missile ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Mark 25 launcher from the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile is trained to starboard during a missile firing exercise aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).  Note:  First view in a series of two

The Mark 25 launcher from the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile is trained to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marines drive through the brush in an M151A2 light vehicle equipped with a BGM-71 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile launcher during a field exercise. They are from the Battalion Landing Team, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marines

Marines drive through the brush in an M151A2 light vehicle equipped wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: SGT C.O. Taylor Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An RIM-7 Sparrow missile emerges from its Mark 25 launcher during a missile firing exercise aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). Exact Date Shot Unknown

An RIM-7 Sparrow missile emerges from its Mark 25 launcher during a mi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An aerial starboard quarter view of the Soviet Sam Kotlin class guided missile destroyer VOZBUZHDENNY underway. Crewmen are visible on the ship's aft deck. Note the surface-to-air missile launcher aft

An aerial starboard quarter view of the Soviet Sam Kotlin class guided...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Indian Ocean (IOC) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Collins, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An Atlas/Centaur missile launcher with a COMSTAR Communications Satellite on top

An Atlas/Centaur missile launcher with a COMSTAR Communications Satell...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Rele... More

The space shuttle Enterprise is moved by a mobile launcher platform toward the launch pad

The space shuttle Enterprise is moved by a mobile launcher platform to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vandenberg Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

A female U.S. Army soldier carries test equipment away after inspecting MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

A female U.S. Army soldier carries test equipment away after inspectin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Black Forest Country: Deutschland / Germany (DEU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Dig... More

A member of the Enlisted Instructor Company, armed with an M16A1 rifle/M203 grenade launcher, moves through a wooded area during an exercise at the Marine Corps Development and Education Command

A member of the Enlisted Instructor Company, armed with an M16A1 rifle...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Quantico State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Jose Esparra Release Status:... More

Soldiers fire an anti-tank missile launcher mounted on a jeep during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The crew is assigned to the Army Air National Guard

Soldiers fire an anti-tank missile launcher mounted on a jeep during e...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81 Base: Fort Drum State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Ma... More

Soldiers fire an anti-tank missile launcher mounted on a jeep during Exercise Sentry Castle '81. The crew is assigned to the Army Air National Guard

Soldiers fire an anti-tank missile launcher mounted on a jeep during E...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81 Base: Fort Drum State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. M... More

A soldier aims a jeep's anti-tank missile launcher at an M-60 aggressor forces tank during field training. The soldiers are assigned to the Army Air National Guard, involved in exercise Sentry Castle '81

A soldier aims a jeep's anti-tank missile launcher at an M-60 aggresso...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81 Base: Fort Drum State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Ma... More

Soldiers simulate the point blank firing of a jeep's anti-tank missile launcher at an M-60 aggressor forces tank during field training. The soldiers are assigned to the Army Air National Guard, involved in exercise Sentry Castle '81

Soldiers simulate the point blank firing of a jeep's anti-tank missile...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81 Base: Fort Drum State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Ma... More

AN air-to-air left side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter, armed with a missile launcher, participating in exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

AN air-to-air left side view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter, armed with a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81 Base: Pittsburgh State: Pennsylvania (PA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: S... More

Private First Class Jim Bates of the 1ST Forward Area Defense Platoon, Marine Corps Air Support Squadron 2, aims a tracking-head trainer during exercise Coral Aces. The trainer simulates the Redeye lightweight surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile launcher

Private First Class Jim Bates of the 1ST Forward Area Defense Platoon,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL B Taylor Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right side view of an F-5E Tiger II aircraft parked on the flight line. An AIM-9 Sidewinder missile is mounted on its wingtip launcher

A right side view of an F-5E Tiger II aircraft parked on the flight li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An AIM-9 Sidewinder missile installed on the right wingtip launcher of an F-5E Tiger II aircraft

An AIM-9 Sidewinder missile installed on the right wingtip launcher of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

PFC Benjamin Holmes of Co. B, 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., on guard duty at the entrance of the newly constructed underground Tactical Operations Center during Operation Thunderbolt. Holmes is armed with an M-16A1 rifle/grenade launcher

PFC Benjamin Holmes of Co. B, 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., on g...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: THUNDERBOLT Base: Schofield Barracks, Kaneohe Bay State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Op... More

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are assaulting their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Mar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CAX-1-2-82 Base: Mcagcc, Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operat... More

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are assaulting their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Mar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CAX-1-2-82 Base: Mcagcc, Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operat... More

A combat-ready Marine from Weapons Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, looks through the sight of the M-203 grenade launcher 40mm that is attached to his M-16A1 rifle. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82 held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine from Weapons Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CAX 1-2-82 Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT ... More

Two combat ready Marines are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are approaching their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Two combat ready Marines are in the prone position with their M-16A1 r...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CAX-1-2-82 Base: Mcagcc, Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operat... More

U.S. Commander, South Atlantic, RADM James S. Elfelt, practice fires the M-79 grenade launcher. The admiral was here observing the American and the Peruvian marines during Operation Unitas XXII

U.S. Commander, South Atlantic, RADM James S. Elfelt, practice fires t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XXII Base: Paita Country: Peru (PER) Scene Camera Operator: SGT A.F. Potter Release Status: Released to Public Combin... More

A Peruvian army lieutenant practice fires the M-203 grenade launcher which is attached to a M-16A1 rifle. A U.S. Marine captain observes his procedures. The Peruvians, Americans and military men from many South American countries are participating in the amphibious landing exercise, Unitas XXII

A Peruvian army lieutenant practice fires the M-203 grenade launcher w...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: UNITAS XXII Base: Paita Country: Peru (PER) Scene Camera Operator: SGT A.F. Potter Release Status: Released to Public Combin... More

Guests tour the USS JOHN A. MOORE (FFG 19) at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate. Note the Mk 13 missile launcher armed with an RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile

Guests tour the USS JOHN A. MOORE (FFG 19) at the conclusion of the co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Long Beach State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Gary Ballard Release Status:... More

A view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle orbiter being moved by a mobile launcher platform

A view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle orbiter be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Afsc Release Status: Release... More

A view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle orbiter being moved out of an assembly building by a mobile launcher platform

A view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle orbiter be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Afsc Release Status: Release... More

An aerial view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle being moved by a mobile launcher platform

An aerial view of the rocket booster-mounted Columbia space shuttle be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Afsc Release Status: Release... More

A view of a surface-to-surface missile launcher on a Soviet-built Osa II Class fast attack craft

A view of a surface-to-surface missile launcher on a Soviet-built Osa ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Bill Thompson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Sparrow (RIM-7) surface-to-air missile, left, and a four round launcher positioned at a desert location

A Sparrow (RIM-7) surface-to-air missile, left, and a four round launc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CHIEF Missile Technician (MTC) Martin Nagle monitors the launcher control console in the missile control center aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726)

CHIEF Missile Technician (MTC) Martin Nagle monitors the launcher cont...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

PH2 Gunther Pacific Ocean....A port view of the frigate USS Barbey (FF-1088) firing a Harpoon missile from the forward ASROC launcher. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH2 Gunther Pacific Ocean....A port view of the frigate USS Barbey (FF...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

PH1 Dewayne B. Smith Bahrain....Crewmen service a Mark 19 M-79 belt-loaded grenade launcher aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS La Salle (AGF-3). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Dewayne B. Smith Bahrain....Crewmen service a Mark 19 M-79 belt-lo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Missile Technician 1ST Class (MT1) Thomas D. Howe does paperwork at the launcher control console in the missile control center aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726). Fire Control Technician B 2nd Class (FTB2) Douglas W. Fells, left, and FTB1 Theodore A. Ratz are at the fire control console in the background

Missile Technician 1ST Class (MT1) Thomas D. Howe does paperwork at th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Tomahawk cruise missile is test fired its operational launcher

A Tomahawk cruise missile is test fired its operational launcher

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Utah Test And Training Range State: Utah (UT) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... More

A view of an M-192 Hawk missile launcher rebuilt at Letterkenny Army Depot

A view of an M-192 Hawk missile launcher rebuilt at Letterkenny Army D...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Chambersburg State: Pennsylvania (PA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Samuel Wallace Release Status: Released to ... More

Silhouetted against the dark, early morning Florida sky, the STS-3 Space Shuttle, aboard the Mobile Launcher, journeys toward its launch pad

Silhouetted against the dark, early morning Florida sky, the STS-3 Spa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Kennedy Space Center State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Publ... More

A member of Company C, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marine prepares to fire his M-203 40 mm grenade launcher during a training exercise

A member of Company C, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marine prepares to fire his ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Dave Maclean Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Lance Corporal Robert D. Kirkhart of Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, 31st Marine Amphibious Unit, prior to firing an M203 grenade launcher mounted on an M16A1 rifle during exercises on Green Beach

Lance Corporal Robert D. Kirkhart of Charlie Company, Battalion Landin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Station, Subic Bay State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Dave Maclean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... More

A member of Co. C, 1ST Bn., 3rd Marine Division prepares to fire his M-203 40mm grenade launcher during a training exercise

A member of Co. C, 1ST Bn., 3rd Marine Division prepares to fire his M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Maclean Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files