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Space Shuttle Columbia, Shuttle Enterprise Free Flight

Space Shuttle Columbia, Shuttle Enterprise Free Flight

(1977) The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise flies free after being released from NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Rogers Dry Lakebed during the second of five free flights carried out at the Dry... More

View from forward center of NASA DFRC Mate-Demate Device (MDD) looking up and northeast, showing both Fold-down Nose Platforms near bottom, the 45 foot Nose Platform, the Rollout Platform for SCA attach point on left, and both Shuttle Access Platforms.

View from forward center of NASA DFRC Mate-Demate Device (MDD) looking...

The original database describes this as: Location: Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California Photographer: Tom Tschida Photographs, Textual Material and a Video Recording Relating to t... More

View from forward center of NASA DFRC Mate-Demate Device (MDD) looking north-northeast.  Visible on left is the North Personnel/equipment hoist, the Fold-down Nose Platform in center, and Rollout Platform for Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) forward attach point access above that.

View from forward center of NASA DFRC Mate-Demate Device (MDD) looking...

The original database describes this as: Location: Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California Photographer: Tom Tschida Photographs, Textual Material and a Video Recording Relating to t... More

Shuttle Endeavour and 747 SCA after being mated, backed out of Mate-Demate Device (MDD), photo from right wing of 747

Shuttle Endeavour and 747 SCA after being mated, backed out of Mate-De...

The original database describes this as: Location: Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California Photographs, Textual Material and a Video Recording Relating to the Space Shuttle Mate-Demat... More

Front detail view of STS-125 Atlantis in Mate-Demate Device (MDD) over 747 SCA

Front detail view of STS-125 Atlantis in Mate-Demate Device (MDD) over...

The original database describes this as: Location: Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California Photographs, Textual Material and a Video Recording Relating to the Space Shuttle Mate-Demat... More

SHUTTLE CARRIER AIRCRAFT (SCA) PILOT - ELLINGTON AFB (EAFB), TX

SHUTTLE CARRIER AIRCRAFT (SCA) PILOT - ELLINGTON AFB (EAFB), TX

S82-33394 (5 July 1982) --- A rare sight in Houston is the appearance of the spacecraft whose flights are monitored from that city, but with the brief stopover of NASA's new space shuttle Challenger, thousands ... More

Challenger Ferry Flight Flyover

Challenger Ferry Flight Flyover

(April 8, 1983) View of the Shuttle Challenger atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA-905, during its return to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and flyover of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Houston sk... More

STS-32 Return to KSC

STS-32 Return to KSC

The Space Shuttle Columbia, returning to KSC after the successful STS-32 mission, is poised atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) as the duo fly by the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at KSC January 26. Colum... More

Air-to-air view of Columbia, OV-102, atop SCA NASA 905 flying over JSC site

Air-to-air view of Columbia, OV-102, atop SCA NASA 905 flying over JSC...

S90-55294 (19 Dec. 1990) --- Johnson Space Center employees and neighbors on the ground didn't get quite this closeup of a view of the Dec. 19 1990 flyover of the Space Shuttle Columbia mounted piggyback atop N... More

Endeavour is Delivered to the Kennedy Space Center

Endeavour is Delivered to the Kennedy Space Center

(May 2, 1991) NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 911, with the space shuttle orbiter Endeavour securely mounted atop its fuselage, taxies to the runway to begin the ferry flight from Rockwell's Plant 42 at... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) lifts off the runway at Edwards AFB, California carrying the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105) on it back. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) lifts off the runway at Ed...

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

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), suspended with a massive lifting structure, at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. The shuttle will be attached to the 747 SCA for transporting to the Kennedy Space Center, FLorida. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Sp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), suspended with a massive lifting structure, at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. The shuttle will be attached to the 747 SCA for transporting to the Kennedy Space Center, FLorida. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Sp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is pulled into position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), that is suspended beneath a massive lifting structure at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is pulled into position be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), suspended with a massive lifting structure, at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. The shuttle will be attached to the 747 SCA for transporting to the Kennedy Space Center, FLorida. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Sp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), suspended with a massive lifting structure, at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. The shuttle will be attached to the 747 SCA for transporting to the Kennedy Space Center, FLorida. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Sp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), suspended with a massive lifting structure, at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. The shuttle will be attached to the 747 SCA for transporting to the Kennedy Space Center, FLorida. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in position beneath the Sp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is pulled into position beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 (Orbiter Vehicle-105), that is suspended beneath a massive lifting structure at Rockwell International's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, at Palmdale. Exact Date Shot Unknown

The NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is pulled into position be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39477 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is mated to the agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, designated NASA 911, in preparation for its first ferry flight to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.       Endeavour is scheduled to return to California in 2012, where it will be on public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Its ferry flight across America is targeted for mid-September. Endeavour was the last space shuttle added to NASA’s orbiter fleet. During the course of its 19-year career, Endeavour spent 299 days in space during 25 missions. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement work, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: NASA/ Rockwell International Space Systems Division KSC-2012-4807

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39477 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttl...

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39477 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is mated to... More

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39486 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared for its first ferry flight to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, designated NASA 911.     Endeavour is scheduled to return to California in 2012, where it will be on public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Its ferry flight across America is targeted for mid-September. Endeavour was the last space shuttle added to NASA’s orbiter fleet. During the course of its 19-year career, Endeavour spent 299 days in space during 25 missions. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement work, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: NASA/ Rockwell International Space Systems Division KSC-2012-4809

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39486 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttl...

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39486 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared... More

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39487 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared for its first ferry flight to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, designated NASA 911.         Endeavour is scheduled to return to California in 2012, where it will be on public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Its ferry flight across America is targeted for mid-September. Endeavour was the last space shuttle added to NASA’s orbiter fleet. During the course of its 19-year career, Endeavour spent 299 days in space during 25 missions. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement work, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: NASA/ Rockwell International Space Systems Division KSC-2012-4806

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39487 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttl...

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39487 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared... More

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39480 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared for its first ferry flight to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, designated NASA 911.     Endeavour is scheduled to return to California in 2012, where it will be on public display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Its ferry flight across America is targeted for mid-September. Endeavour was the last space shuttle added to NASA’s orbiter fleet. During the course of its 19-year career, Endeavour spent 299 days in space during 25 missions. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement work, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: NASA/ Rockwell International Space Systems Division KSC-2012-4808

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39480 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttl...

PALMDALE, Calif. -- S91-39480 -- A Rockwell worker at the space shuttle's Palmdale Final Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., takes a technical documentation image of space shuttle Endeavour as it is prepared... More

Air to air view of Endeavour, OV-105, atop SCA approaches Ellington runway

Air to air view of Endeavour, OV-105, atop SCA approaches Ellington ru...

S91-36097 (6 May 1991) --- Air to air view of Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) NASA 911, a modified Boeing 747, approaches touchdown for a brief stopover at Ellington F... More

Shuttle Endeavour Mated to 747 SCA Takeoff for Delivery to Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Shuttle Endeavour Mated to 747 SCA Takeoff for Delivery to Kennedy Spa...

Photo Description: NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 911, with the space shuttle orbiter Endeavour securely mounted atop its fuselage, begins the ferry flight from Rockwell's Plant 42 at Palmdale, Califor... More

Endeavour Arrival

Endeavour Arrival

The newest addition to the Space Shuttle orbiter fleet, Endeavour, arrives at KSC atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on May 7. OV-105 will be demated from the Boeing aircraft, and towed to the Vehicle Assemb... More

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101, sits on the ramp at Koln Airport during a tour of Europe which included a stop at the Paris Air Show. Exact Date Shot Unknown

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise,...

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

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101, is greeted by a crowd at Koln Airport during a tour of Europe which included a stop at the Paris Air Show. Exact Date Shot Unknown

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise,...

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

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101, attached comes in for a landing at Koln Airport during a tour of Europe which included a stop at the Paris Air Show. Exact Date Shot Unknown

NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Space Shuttle Enterprise,...

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

Endeavour with Columbia Ferry Flyby

Endeavour with Columbia Ferry Flyby

The Space Shuttle Endeavour receives a high-flying salute from its sister shuttle, Columbia, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, shortly after Endeavor's landing October 12 1994, at Edwards, California, to co... More

Endeavour on Runway with Columbia on SCA Overhead

Endeavour on Runway with Columbia on SCA Overhead

The Space Shuttle Endeavour receives a high-flying salute from its sister Shuttle Columbia, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, shortly after its landing October 12, 1994 at Edwards, California, to complete m... More

Atlantis Ferry Flight to Palmda

Atlantis Ferry Flight to Palmda

Takeoff of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with the Space Shuttle Atlantis mated atop bound for Palmdale, California. ..Image # : 397C-3013FR03

Endeavour on Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Endeavour on Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

The Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour passes over KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility atop NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle carrier Aircraft (SCA) as it returns March 27, 1997 from Palmdale, California, after an eight-month ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing its cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, Calif. Endeavour departed Palmdale at about 9 a.m. EST March 26 and stopped briefly for fuel at Ft. Worth Naval Air Station, Texas. The vehicle then proceeded to Warner Robbins Air Force Base, Ga., where it stayed overnight last night before departing for KSC this morning. Endeavour will be removed from the SCA today and transported to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 early tomorrow morning KSC-97pc551

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 7...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing its cross-country ferry fli... More

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing is cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, CA. Endeavour departed Palmdale at about 9 a.m. EST March 26 and stopped briefly for fuel at Ft. Worth Naval Air Station, TX. The vehicle then proceeded to Warner Robbins Air Force Base, GA, where it stayed overnight last night before departing for KSC this morning. Endeavour will be removed from the SCA today and transported to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 early tomorrow morning KSC-97pc549

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (S...

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing is cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, CA. Endeavou... More

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing is cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, CA. Endeavour departed Palmdale at about 9 a.m. EST March 26 and stopped briefly for fuel at Ft. Worth Naval Air Station, TX. The vehicle then proceeded to Warner Robbins Air Force Base, GA, where it stayed overnight last night before departing for KSC this morning. Endeavour will be removed from the SCA today and transported to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 early tomorrow morning KSC-97pc550

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (S...

The orbiter Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), landed at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 9:44 a.m. today, completing is cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, CA. Endeavou... More

Shuttle Atlantis returning to Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Atlantis returning to Kennedy Space Center

(September 1998) The Space Shuttle Atlantis atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) returns to the Kennedy Space Center after a ten month refurbishment. ..Image # : EC-98-44740-2

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft parks near the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    The aircraft, known as an SCA, arrived at 5:35 p.m. EDT to prepare for shuttle Discovery’s ferry flight to the Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., on April 17. This SCA, designated NASA 905, is a modified Boeing 747 jet airliner, originally manufactured for commercial use. One of two SCAs employed over the course of the Space Shuttle Program, NASA 905 is assigned to the remaining ferry missions, delivering the shuttles to their permanent public display sites.  NASA 911 was decommissioned at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California in February. Discovery will be placed on permanent public display in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.  For more information on the SCA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/FactSheets/FS-013-DFRC.html. For more information on shuttle transition and retirement activities, visit http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-1999

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft parks near the mat...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft parks near the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The aircraft, known as an SCA, arrived at 5:35... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Aboard a transporter, the orbiter Columbia moves past the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the Shuttle Landing Facility. There the orbiter will be mated to the SCA, with the help of a Mate-Demate Device, for a ferry flight to Palmdale, Calif. On the rear of the orbiter is the tail cone, a fairing that is installed over the aft fuselage of the orbiter to decrease aerodynamic drag and buffet when the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is transporting the orbiter cross-country. It is 36 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 22 feet high. Columbia, the oldest of four orbiters in NASA's fleet, will undergo extensive inspections and modifications in Boeing's Orbiter Assembly Facility during a nine-month orbiter maintenance down period (OMDP), the second in its history. Orbiters are periodically removed from flight operations for an OMDP. Columbia's first was in 1994. Along with more than 100 modifications on the vehicle, Columbia will be the second orbiter to be outfitted with the multifunctional electronic display system, or "glass cockpit." Columbia is expected to return to KSC in July 2000 KSC-99pp1139

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Aboard a transporter, the orbiter Columb...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Aboard a transporter, the orbiter Columbia moves past the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the Shuttle Landing Facility. There the orbiter will be mated to the SCA, wit... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia (foreground) moves under the Mate-Demate Device at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). The crane seen above it will lift the orbiter so that the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in the background can move underneath Columbia, which will then be attached to the back of the SCA for a ferry flight to Palmdale, Calif. On the rear of the orbiter is the tail cone, a fairing that is installed over the aft fuselage of the orbiter to decrease aerodynamic drag and buffet when the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is transporting the orbiter cross-country. It is 36 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 22 feet high. Columbia, the oldest of four orbiters in NASA's fleet, will undergo extensive inspections and modifications in Boeing's Orbiter Assembly Facility during a nine-month orbiter maintenance down period (OMDP), the second in its history. Orbiters are periodically removed from flight operations for an OMDP. Columbia's first was in 1994. Along with more than 100 modifications on the vehicle, Columbia will be the second orbiter to be outfitted with the multifunctional electronic display system, or "glass cockpit." Columbia is expected to return to KSC in July 2000 KSC-99pp1140

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia (foreground) moves ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia (foreground) moves under the Mate-Demate Device at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). The crane seen above it will lift the orbiter so that the Boeing 747 S... More

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique cargo Discovery on top, is towed to the mate/demate device at the SLF. Discovery will be lifted off the SCA and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00pp1644

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carri...

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique cargo Discovery on top, is towed to the mate/demate device at the SLF. Discovery will be lifted off the S... More

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, gently touches down on the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00padig076

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (S...

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, gently touches down on the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is... More

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique cargo Discovery on top, is towed to the mate/demate device at the SLF. Discovery will be lifted off the SCA and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00pp1643

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carri...

After landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique cargo Discovery on top, is towed to the mate/demate device at the SLF. Discovery will be lifted off the S... More

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California where the orbiter landed more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery wears a tail cone protecting its aft nozzles for the ferry flight. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00padig079

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the r...

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California where the orbiter l... More

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo on top, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC00pp1642

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo o...

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo on top, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more th... More

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo on top, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00pp1642

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo o...

Kicking up dust, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with its unique cargo on top, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more th... More

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, rolls down the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00padig077

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its uniq...

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, rolls down the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC af... More

In the glow of a late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery wears a tail cone protecting its aft nozzles for the ferry flight. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00padig078

In the glow of a late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA...

In the glow of a late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discov... More

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, rolls down the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC00padig077

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its uniq...

On a warm afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, rolls down the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC af... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and its unique cargo Discovery on top rest in the shadows from the setting sun behind them. Discovery will be lifted off the SCA via the mate/demate device and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00pp1645

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and its unique cargo Discovery on t...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and its unique cargo Discovery on top rest in the shadows from the setting sun behind them. Discovery will be lifted off the SCA via the mate/demate device and transported to ... More

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California where the orbiter landed more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery wears a tail cone protecting its aft nozzles for the ferry flight. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC00padig079

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the r...

In late afternoon, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California where the orbiter l... More

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery wears a tail cone protecting its aft nozzles for the ferry flight. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC-00padig080

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircr...

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in Cali... More

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, gently touches down on the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is returning Discovery to KSC after the orbiter’s California landing at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC00padig076

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (S...

In the soft glow of a soon-to-set sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with its unique orbiter passenger attached to its back, gently touches down on the runway at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is... More

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in California after the orbiter’s landing more than a week ago at Edwards Air Force Base at the end of mission STS-92. Discovery wears a tail cone protecting its aft nozzles for the ferry flight. Discovery will be demated from the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF and transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. There it will undergo preparations for its next launch, STS-102, scheduled for February 2001 KSC00padig080

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircr...

Catching the glow of the late afternoon sun, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) rolls down the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility as it returns the orbiter Discovery to KSC. The ferry flight started in Cali... More

Viewed from behind the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and the orbiter Atlantis are towed toward the MDD where Atlantis will be lifted from the SCA. Atlantis landed in California Feb. 19 concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began in California March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled June 8 KSC-01pp0498

Viewed from behind the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facil...

Viewed from behind the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and the orbiter Atlantis are towed toward the MDD where Atlantis will be lifted from the SCA. Atlantis lan... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, straightens out its landing as its right wheels touch down. Strong cross winds caused the SCA to land left wheels first. The SCA is carrying the orbiter Atlantis on top. Atlantis landed in California Feb. 19 concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began in California March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled June 8 KSC01padig118

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, straightens out its landing as its right wheels touch down. Strong cross winds caused the SCA to land left wheels first. The SC... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Media (foreground) capture the orbiter Columbia atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it taxis down the runway. A helicopter hovers in the background. The SCA and its cargo landed at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. The ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01padig128

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Media (foreground) capture the orbiter C...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Media (foreground) capture the orbiter Columbia atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it taxis down the runway. A helicopter hovers in the background. The SCA and its cargo landed at ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, kicks up dust as it touches down at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It is carrying the orbiter Atlantis on top. Strong cross winds caused the SCA to land left wheels first. Atlantis landed in California Feb. 19 concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began in California March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled June 8 KSC01padig117

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, kicks up dust as it touches down at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It is carrying the orbiter Atlantis on top. Strong cross wi... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the background. Atlantis just returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. Atlantis will be transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility to prepare it for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01padig130

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an over...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the ... More

Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the background. Atlantis just returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. Atlantis will be transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility to prepare it for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01pp0510

Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate ...

Orbiter Atlantis is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the background. Atlantis just retu... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia riding piggyback taxis toward the mate/demate device at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. At the MDD, Columbia will be lifted off the SCA and towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. Columbia’s ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. It landed temporarily at the CCAFS Skid Strip until Atlantis, which had already landed at the SLF, could be transferred. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0508

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia riding piggyback ta...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia riding piggyback taxis toward the mate/demate device at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. At the MDD, Columbia will be lifted off the SCA and towed to the Orbi... More

This is a closer view of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia riding piggyback as the SCA taxis toward the mate/demate device at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. At the MDD, Columbia will be lifted off the SCA and towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. Columbia’s ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. It landed temporarily at the CCAFS Skid Strip until Atlantis, which had already landed at the SLF, could be transferred. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0509

This is a closer view of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Col...

This is a closer view of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia riding piggyback as the SCA taxis toward the mate/demate device at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. At the MDD, Columbia will be lift... More

The wheels on Atlantis are lowered while the orbiter is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the background. Atlantis just returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. Atlantis will be transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility to prepare it for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01pp0511

The wheels on Atlantis are lowered while the orbiter is suspended by a...

The wheels on Atlantis are lowered while the orbiter is suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. It was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft i... More

This view of Atlantis at the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility shows the tail cone that orbiters use when being carried piggyback on ferry flights atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The tail cone protects the aft engine area and provides a more efficient aeronautical dimension during flight. Atlantis returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. Atlantis will be transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility to prepare it for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01pp0512

This view of Atlantis at the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landi...

This view of Atlantis at the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility shows the tail cone that orbiters use when being carried piggyback on ferry flights atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The tail co... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top taxis at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the background is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. The ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0499

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top taxis at the...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top taxis at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the background is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. The ferr... More

At the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis is lowered onto its wheels in preparation for being towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility. This view of Atlantis shows the tail cone that orbiters use when being carried piggyback on ferry flights atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The tail cone protects the aft engine area and provides a more efficient aeronautical dimension during flight. Atlantis returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. In the Orbiter Processing Facility, Atlantis will be prepared for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01pp0513

At the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis ...

At the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis is lowered onto its wheels in preparation for being towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility. This view of Atlantis shows the tail cone that... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. The ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0501

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off fr...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. Th... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. The ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0500

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off fr...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. Th... More

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. The ferry flight began in California March 1. Unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Dyess AFB, Texas, until it could return to Florida. Columbia is returning from a 17-month-long modification and refurbishment process as part of a routine maintenance plan. The orbiter will next fly on mission STS-107, scheduled Oct. 25 KSC01pp0502

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off fr...

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with orbiter Columbia on top takes off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip. In the foreground is another SCA, which brought Atlantis back to KSC from California. Th... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Wheels are lowered on the orbiter Atlantis as it hangs suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis was removed from the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the background. Atlantis just returned from California atop the SCA after its Feb. 19 landing at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-98. The ferry flight began March 1; unfavorable weather conditions kept it on the ground at Altus AFB, Okla., until it could return to Florida. Atlantis will be transported to the Orbiter Processing Facility to prepare it for mission STS-104, the 10th construction flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch June 8 KSC01padig132

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Wheels are lowered on the orbiter Atlant...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Wheels are lowered on the orbiter Atlantis as it hangs suspended by an overhead crane in the mate/demate device at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis was removed from the bac... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is getting ready to be towed to the mate/demate device after its landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The duo completed a two-day transcontinental ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Endeavour landed at Edwards AFB after a 12-day mission, STS-100, to the International Space Station. Endeavour will be demated from the SCA and towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 where it will begin processing for mission STS-108 KSC01padig211

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Orbiter Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is getting ready to be towed to the mate/demate device after its landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The duo c... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, orbiter Endeavour and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft are towed past the Pathfinder, a C-141, that precedes the ferry flight on its journey. The Endeavour/SCA completed a two-day transcontinental ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. . Endeavour landed at Edwards AFB after a 12-day mission, STS-100, to the International Space Station. Endeavour will be demated from the SCA and towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 where it will begin processing for mission STS-108 KSC01padig212

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, orbiter...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, orbiter Endeavour and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft are towed past the Pathfinder, a C-141, that precedes the ferry flight on its journey. The Endea... More

Citizen Science Coordinator

Citizen Science Coordinator

Citizen Science Coordinator, Caitlin Kenney, a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern, poses with an amphibian in the backcountry (Golden Lakes) of Mount Rainier National Park.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up dust at landing on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1734

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up dust at landing on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runw... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly over the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1732

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly over the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Shut... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed from the runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd1742

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed from the runway. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.... More

OFFUTT FIELD, NEB. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are captured in the light of a full moon after landing at Offutt Field on the ferry flight from California to Florida.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  The return to KSC began July 1 and took three days after stops across the country for fuel. The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3. Photo credit: NASA/Casey Wood KSC-07pd2044

OFFUTT FIELD, NEB. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its pi...

OFFUTT FIELD, NEB. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are captured in the light of a full moon after landing at Offutt Field on the ferry flight from California to Flo... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis roll down the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1735

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis roll down the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway. Touchdown wa... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis taxi down the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway after landing.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight.   Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1737

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis taxi down the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway after landing.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are poised to be towed into the mate/demate device, in the foreground.  The device will lift the orbiter and put it back on the ground.  After a three-day, cross-country trip, the orbiter/SCA duo touched down at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and included several stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  After demate, Atlantis will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1749

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are poised to be towed into the mate/demate device, in the foreground. The device will lift the orbite... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed to the mate/demate device that will put the orbiter back on the ground.  After a three-day, cross-country trip, the duo touched down at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and included several stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  After demate, Atlantis will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1747

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed to the mate/demate device that will put th... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed toward the mate/demate device (background).  Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight. Under the device, the orbiter will be detached from the SCA and lowered onto a transporter.  Then Atlantis will be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December. Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on June 22 to end mission STS-117.  It returned to Kennedy atop the SCA on July 3 after a three-day, cross-country flight due to fuel stops and weather delays. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1760

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed toward the mate/demate device (background). Visible on A... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed across the Shuttle Landing Facility after their landing.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1740

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed across the Shuttle Landing Facility after their landing. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis taxi down the runway after landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd1741

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis taxi down the runway after landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed toward the mate/demate device that will put the orbiter back on the ground.  After a three-day, cross-country trip, the duo touched down at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight. Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and included several stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  After demate, Atlantis will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1746

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed toward the mate/demate device that will pu... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis near touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1724

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis near touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Touchdo... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis near touchdown on the runway at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility after a three-day trip from California.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1729

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis near touchdown on the runway at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility after a three-day trip from California.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are poised to be towed into the mate/demate device, in the foreground.  The device will lift the orbiter and put it back on the ground.  After a three-day, cross-country trip, the orbiter/SCA duo touched down at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and included several stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  After demate, Atlantis will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1750

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are poised to be towed into the mate/demate device, in the foreground. The device will lift the orbite... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Through broken clouds, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its passenger Atlantis ease their way past the Vehicle Assembly Building, at right, for a landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, known as the SLF.   The aircraft is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Odom KSC-07pd1723

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Through broken clouds, the shuttle carr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Through broken clouds, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its passenger Atlantis ease their way past the Vehicle Assembly Building, at right, for a landing at the KSC Shutt... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the overhead sling is moved into place on either side of the orbiter Atlantis.  The sling will lift the orbiter away from the shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA) underneath.  The SCA carried the orbiter piggyback from California.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on June 22 to end mission STS-117.  It returned to Kennedy atop the SCA on July 3 after a three-day, cross-country flight due to fuel stops and weather delays. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1765

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the overhead sling is moved into place on either side of the orbiter Atlantis. The sling will lift the orbiter away from the shuttle carrier ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up a little dust at touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1725

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up a little dust at touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis approach the runway at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility after a three-day trip from California. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1728

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis approach the runway at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility after a three-day trip from California. Touchdo... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   On a morning where broken clouds filled the sky of Central Florida, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its passenger Atlantis ease their way past the NASA News Center for a landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, known as the SLF.   The aircraft is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Odom KSC-07pd1722

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a morning where broken clouds fille...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a morning where broken clouds filled the sky of Central Florida, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its passenger Atlantis ease their way past the NASA News Center for ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up a little dust at touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1726

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, a...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up a little dust at touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed from the runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner. Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and included several stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1745

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After landing at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis are towed from the runway. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed toward the mate/demate device (upper foreground).  Under the device, the orbiter will be detached from the SCA and lowered onto a transporter.  Then Atlantis will be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on June 22 to end mission STS-117.  It returned to Kennedy atop the SCA on July 3 after a three-day, cross-country flight due to fuel stops and weather delays. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1758

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed toward the mate/demate device (upper foreground). Under ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly over the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1733

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly over the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Shut... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly around the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley KSC-07pd1731

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly around the Kennedy Space Center before landing on the KSC Sh... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up dust as the wheels touch down on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT.  The SCA is a modified Boeing 747 jetliner.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end mission STS-117.  The return to KSC began July 1 and  took three days after stops across the country for fuel.  The last stop was at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Weather conditions over the last leg postponed the return trip until July 3.  Atlantis will be removed from the back of the SCA via the mate/demate device at the SLF.  It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1730

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up dust as the wheels touch down on the KSC Shuttle Landing... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed under the mate/demate device.  Visible on Atlantis is the tail cone that covers and protects the main engines during the ferry flight. The orbiter will be detached from the SCA and lowered onto a transporter.  Then Atlantis will be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.  Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on June 22 to end mission STS-117.  It returned to Kennedy atop the SCA on July 3 after a three-day, cross-country flight due to fuel stops and weather delays. Touchdown was at 8:27 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd1762

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, th...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, the shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, with the orbiter Atlantis on its back is towed under the mate/demate device. Visible on Atlantis is the... More