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Aerial. Construction progress of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), looking north. MILA. KSC-64C-2975

Aerial. Construction progress of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), ...

Aerial. Construction progress of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), looking north. MILA.

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

Dr. Kurt Debus (Director, NASA-KSC) signs the last major beam autographed by construction workers, NASA, and Corps of Engineers employees to be installed during the VAB Topping-Off Ceremony. MILA.

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

Colonel Rocco Patrone (Director, Plans, Programs and Resources Office NASA-KSC) signs the last major beam also autographed by construction workers, NASA, and Corps of Engineers employees to be installed during... more

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

Installation of the Last Major Beam autographed by construction workers, NASA, and Corps of Engineers employees atop the Kennedy Space Center Vertical Assembly Building (VAB), MILA.

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

VAB Topping Off Ceremony

Dignataries (KSC Director Dr. Kurt Debus is second from right, NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher speaking), at the Last Major Beam Installation, attending the VAB Topping-Off Ceremony. MILA.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Mr. A. Siepert, assistant director, NASA-KSC, signs the last major beam autographed by construction workers, NASA, and Corps of Engineers employees to be installed during the VAB Topping-Off Ceremony. MILA. Photo credit: NASA KSC-65C-02408

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Mr. A. Siepert, assistant director, NASA-KSC, ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Mr. A. Siepert, assistant director, NASA-KSC, signs the last major beam autographed by construction workers, NASA, and Corps of Engineers employees to be installed during the VAB Topping... more

Saturn 500F Rollout Attendees

Saturn 500F Rollout Attendees

(May 26, 1966) Dr. Werner Von Braun and Dr. Kurt Debus, Director of the Kennedy Space Center attending the Saturn 500F, rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The Saturn 500F, after testing the VAB s... more

Apollo Saturn V Test Vehicle

Apollo Saturn V Test Vehicle

The Apollo Saturn V 500F Facilities Test vehicle, after conducting the VAB stacking operations, rolls out of the VAB on its way to Pad 39A to perform crawler, Launch Umbilical Tower, and pad operations...Image ... more

VAB Construction

VAB Construction

Full Description: Complex 39 reflection shot of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) under construction with the Launch Control Center (LCC) and Service Towers as seen from across the Turning Basin...UID: SPD-G... more

Apollo Saturn V Test Vehicle

Apollo Saturn V Test Vehicle

An aerial view of the Apollo Saturn V Facilities Test vehicle rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and heading to Launch Complex 39A. This test vehicle, designated the Apollo Saturn 500F, will nev... more

Aerial View of Launch Complex 39

Aerial View of Launch Complex 39

An aerial view of the Launch Complex 39 area shows the Vehicle Assembly Building (center), with the Launch Control Center on its right. On the west side (lower end) are (left to right) the Orbiter Processing Fa... more

Apollo/Saturn 501 Vehicle Preparations

Apollo/Saturn 501 Vehicle Preparations

A top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Apollo/Saturn 501 space vehicle in High Bay No. 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building...Image # : 67P-0208

Saturn V vehicle (SA-501) for the Apollo 4 mission

Saturn V vehicle (SA-501) for the Apollo 4 mission

This photograph depicts the Saturn V vehicle (SA-501) for the Apollo 4 mission in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). After the completion of the assembly operation, the work ... more

Saturn VS-II (second) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn VS-II (second) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

This photograph shows the Saturn V S-II (second) stage of the Apollo 6 mission being lowered atop of the S-IC (first) stage during the final assembly operations in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Ken... more

Saturn V final assembly operation of the Saturn V launch vehicle - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V final assembly operation of the Saturn V launch vehicle - Sat...

This photograph was taken during the final assembly operation of the Saturn V launch vehicle for the Apollo 4 (SA 501) mission. The instrument unit (IU) was hoisted to be mated to the S-IC/S-II assembly in the ... more

Top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Saturn Apollo 501 space vehicle with work platforms retracted. VAB, High Bay No.1. KSC-67P-0208

Top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Saturn Apollo 501 space vehicl...

Top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Saturn Apollo 501 space vehicle with work platforms retracted. VAB, High Bay No.1.

APOLLO SPACECRAFT 017 - VERTICAL ASSEMBLY BLDG. (VAB) - KSC

APOLLO SPACECRAFT 017 - VERTICAL ASSEMBLY BLDG. (VAB) - KSC

S67-36022 (20 June 1967) --- Apollo Spacecraft 017 is moved into position in the Vehicle Assembly Building's high bay area for mating with the Saturn V launch vehicle. S/C 017 will be flown on the Spacecraft 01... more

Saturn V S-IC stage - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V S-IC stage - Saturn Apollo Program

The S-IC stage being erected for the final assembly of the Saturn V launch vehicle for the Apollo 8 mission (AS-503), is photographed in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay at the Kennedy Space Center.... more

Saturn V S-IC stage - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V S-IC stage - Saturn Apollo Program

The S-IC stage being erected for the final assembly of the Saturn V launch vehicle for the Apollo 8 mission (AS-503), is photographed in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay at the Kennedy Space Center.... more

Apollo spacecraft Command/Service Module and Lunar Module 3 arrive at VAB

Apollo spacecraft Command/Service Module and Lunar Module 3 arrive at ...

Apollo Spacecraft 104 Command/Service Module and Lunar Module 3 arrive at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for mating atop the Saturn 504 launch vehicle. The Saturn 504 stack is out of view. The Saturn V fir... more

Apollo 12 Saturn V on Transporter

Apollo 12 Saturn V on Transporter

The transporter carries the 363-foot-high Apollo 12 Saturn V space vehicle from the VAB's High Bay 3 at the start of the 3.5 mile rollout to Launch Complex 39A today. The transporter carried the 12.8 million po... more

Apollo 10 Roll-out

Apollo 10 Roll-out

(March 10, 1969) Apollo 10 rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Complex 39B. ..Image # : 69PC-0109

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.  - Rollout of Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle from the VAB's High Bay #1 to Launch Complex 39A.  The transporter covered the 3.5-mile distance at an average speed of less than one mile per hour. KSC-69P-373

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Rollout of Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Rollout of Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle from the VAB's High Bay #1 to Launch Complex 39A. The transporter covered the 3.5-mile distance at an average speed of less than one mi... more

Apollo 12 spacecraft arrives at VAB during preflight preparations

Apollo 12 spacecraft arrives at VAB during preflight preparations

S69-39323 (1969) --- The Apollo 12 spacecraft (Command and Service Modules 108/Lunar Module 6) arrives at the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) during preflight preparations. The spacecraft... more

Ground level view of Apollo 14 space vehicle leaving VAB for launch pad

Ground level view of Apollo 14 space vehicle leaving VAB for launch pa...

S70-54121 (9 Nov. 1970) --- A ground level view at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), showing the Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle leaving the Vehicle Assembly Buil... more

Apollo 14 space vehicle arrives at Pad A at KSC during roll out from VAB

Apollo 14 space vehicle arrives at Pad A at KSC during roll out from V...

S70-55689 (9 Nov. 1970) --- The Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle arrives at Pad A, Launch Complex 39, during the Apollo 14 roll out from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Asse... more

Apollo 15 Rollout

Apollo 15 Rollout

The 363-foot tall Apollo Saturn V space vehicle is leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Florida. The Saturn V stack and its mobile launch tower ar... more

View of Apollo 15 space vehicle leaving VAB to Pad A, Launch Complex 39

View of Apollo 15 space vehicle leaving VAB to Pad A, Launch Complex 3...

S71-33786 (11 May 1971) --- The 363-feet tall Apollo (Spacecraft 112/Lunar Module 10/Saturn 510) space vehicle which leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center ... more

View of Apollo 15 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Complex 39

View of Apollo 15 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Compl...

S71-33781 (11 May 1971) --- High angle view showing the Apollo 15 (Spacecraft 112/Lunar Module 10/Saturn 510) space vehicle on the way from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kenne... more

View of Apollo 16 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Complex 39

View of Apollo 16 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Compl...

S72-19794 (13 Dec. 1971) --- A ground-level view showing the tall Apollo 16 (Spacecraft 113/Lunar Module 11/Saturn 511) space vehicle at the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Launch Complex 39 being moved from the V... more

View of Apollo 16 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Complex 39

View of Apollo 16 space vehicle on way from VAB to Pad A, Launch Compl...

S72-19795 (13 Dec. 1971) --- A large crowd of spectators look on as the 363-feet tall Apollo 16 (Spacecraft 113/Lunar Module 11/Saturn 511) space vehicle moves out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the ... more

Saturn 1B space vehicle for ASTP moves from VAB to launch complex

Saturn 1B space vehicle for ASTP moves from VAB to launch complex

S75-24007 (24 March 1975) --- The Saturn 1B space vehicle for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission, with its launch umbilical tower, rides atop a huge crawler-transporter as it moves slowly away from the Vehic... more

Armstrong Awarded Space Medal of Honor

Armstrong Awarded Space Medal of Honor

(Oct. 1, 1978) Astronaut Neil Armstrong received the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Jimmy Carter, assisted by Captain Robert Peterson. Armstrong, one of six astronauts to be presented t... more

Enterprise - Rollout - Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) - KSC

Enterprise - Rollout - Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) - KSC

S79-31980 (1 May 1979) --- Space shuttle orbiter 101 Enterprise makes its first appearance mated to supportive propellant containers/boosters cluster, as it is slowly rolled out the front door of the huge Vehic... more

Orbiter (OV)-101- Shuttle (Transfer) - KSC

Orbiter (OV)-101- Shuttle (Transfer) - KSC

S79-35236 (23 July 1979) --- The space shuttle orbiter 101 Enterprise is seen in this high angle view as it is being moved from Pad A, Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to the Vehicle Assembly... 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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- AERIALS KSC PAD 39A/B, VAB AND SHUTTLE STRIP, ALTITUDE 11,000  FEET, 270 DEGREES. Photo credit: NASA KSC-380C-3034-11

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- AERIALS KSC PAD 39A/B, VAB AND SHUTTLE STRIP, ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- AERIALS KSC PAD 39A/B, VAB AND SHUTTLE STRIP, ALTITUDE 11,000 FEET, 270 DEGREES. Photo credit: NASA

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

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

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-80PC-0741

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – STS-1, orbiter Columbia, sits at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA KSC-80PC-0737

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The STS-1, orbiter Columbia, arrives at Launch Complex 39A after being rolled out of the VAB. Photo credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-81PC-0668

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB. Photo ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB. Photo credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-81PC-0666

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB. Photo ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Orbiter Columbia tow from OPF to VAB. Photo credit: NASA

STS-2 - PREPS - KSC

STS-2 - PREPS - KSC

S81-35998 (10 Aug. 1981) --- The orbiter Columbia creeps toward the vehicle assembly building (VAB) during its tow-over from the orbiter processing facility before dawn today. Columbia was backed out of its han... more

Construction of the Shuttle Orbiter Modification and Refurbishment Facility (OMRF). Northwest of the VAB. KSC-86PC-0302

Construction of the Shuttle Orbiter Modification and Refurbishment Fac...

Construction of the Shuttle Orbiter Modification and Refurbishment Facility (OMRF). Northwest of the VAB.

STS-26 Rollout

STS-26 Rollout

A view from inside bay three of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) shows the Space Shuttle Discovery washed in white xenon light as it makes a nighttime departure from the VAB on its way to Pad 39B. Discovery ... more

STS-27 external tank (ET) transfer into KSC's VAB

STS-27 external tank (ET) transfer into KSC's VAB

S88-37367 (March 28, 1988) --- The external tank (ET) for STS-27 arrived at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) today via ocean going barge and was moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where preparations will... more

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, rollover at KSC

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, rollover at KSC

S88-42092 (15 July 1988) --- STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, rollover at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is closely monitored by engineers and technicians in the late stages of the move from the orbiter ... more

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, ET/SRB mating in KSC VAB

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, ET/SRB mating in KSC VAB

S88-41541 (7 July 1988) --- STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, is suspended by overhead crane and large frame attached to vehicle at four points. A ground-level view shows OV-103 during operations to a... more

STS-26 Discovery, OV-103, rolls out of KSC VAB into darkness of the night

STS-26 Discovery, OV-103, rolls out of KSC VAB into darkness of the ni...

STS-26 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, mated with the external tank (ET) and solid rocket boosters (SRBs), is framed by Kennedy Space Center's (KSC's) vehicle assembly building (VAB) doorway as it rolled o... more

STS-27 Atlantis, OV-104, ET/SRB mating operations at KSC VAB

STS-27 Atlantis, OV-104, ET/SRB mating operations at KSC VAB

STS-27 Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, is suspended via overhead crane, attached at four points, in the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Below OV-104 on the mobile launcher platfo... more

STS-29 Discovery, OV-103, roll out from KSC Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

STS-29 Discovery, OV-103, roll out from KSC Vehicle Assembly Building ...

S89-28111 (3 Feb 1989) --- The Space Shuttle Discovery, atop a mobile launch platform, is rolled through the doors of the huge vehicle assembly building (VAB) at 6 a.m., Feb. 3, 1989 on its way to Launch Comple... more

STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, ET/SRB mating preparations at KSC VAB

STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, ET/SRB mating preparations at KSC VAB

S89-39624 (3 July 1989) --- Following rollover from the Orbiter Processing Facility, the orbiter Columbia is prepared for mating with the ET/SRB stack in the Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle as work con... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Following the rollover from the OPF, the orbiter Columbia is prepared for mating with the ET/SRB stack in the VAB. Columbia is scheduled for launch in late July 1989.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-89PC-0635

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Following the rollover from the OPF, the orbite...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Following the rollover from the OPF, the orbiter Columbia is prepared for mating with the ET/SRB stack in the VAB. Columbia is scheduled for launch in late July 1989. Photo credit: NASA

STS-36 Atlantis, OV-104, leaves VAB during its rollout to KSC LC Pad 39A

STS-36 Atlantis, OV-104, leaves VAB during its rollout to KSC LC Pad 3...

Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, is blocked by its large orange external tank (ET) as it leaves Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) during its rollout to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex (LC) Pad 39A. T... more

STS-35 Columbia, OV-102, rolls back to KSC VAB after hydrogen leak discovered

STS-35 Columbia, OV-102, rolls back to KSC VAB after hydrogen leak dis...

S90-42289 ( 3 July 1990) --- Kennedy Space Center (KSC) workers watch as Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, along with its external tank (ET) and two solid rocket boosters (SRBs) atop the giant crawler transpo... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The space shuttle Discovery heads out of the VAB to Launch Pad 39B. Discovery is set to leftoff on shuttle mission STS-41, carrying a five-member crew and the Ulysses solar explorer during a launch period extending from Oct. 5 through Oct. 23, 1990.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-90PC-1339

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The space shuttle Discovery heads out of the VA...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The space shuttle Discovery heads out of the VAB to Launch Pad 39B. Discovery is set to leftoff on shuttle mission STS-41, carrying a five-member crew and the Ulysses solar explorer durin... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery, its wheels retracted atop the orbiter transporter, rolls over from the OPF high bay to the VAB. Discovery is slated to lift off in March on mission STS-39, a DoD flight carrying a crew of seven.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0219

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery, its wheels retracted ato...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery, its wheels retracted atop the orbiter transporter, rolls over from the OPF high bay to the VAB. Discovery is slated to lift off in March on mission STS-39, a DoD fl... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two space planes pass inside the VAB as the orbiter Discovery is towed past its sister ship, Columbia.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0222

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two space planes pass inside the VAB as the orb...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two space planes pass inside the VAB as the orbiter Discovery is towed past its sister ship, Columbia. Photo credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery heads for the VAB atop the specially designed orbiter transporter. Once inside the VAB, Discovery will be mated with the external tank/solid rocket booster assembly. The fully assembled shuttle will then be rolled to Pad 39A, where liftoff on mission STS-42 is set for early 1992.    Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-2003

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery heads for the VAB atop th...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The orbiter Discovery heads for the VAB atop the specially designed orbiter transporter. Once inside the VAB, Discovery will be mated with the external tank/solid rocket booster assembly.... more

A French Renault VAB 4x4 armored personnel carrier with Euromissile Mephisto system takes part in a display of Allied armor during Operation Desert Shield.

A French Renault VAB 4x4 armored personnel carrier with Euromissile Me...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. H. H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Public C... more

French Peugeot P4 4x4 light vehicles lead a convoy of Renault VAB armored personnel carriers as part of a display of Allied armor during Operation Desert Shield.

French Peugeot P4 4x4 light vehicles lead a convoy of Renault VAB armo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. H. H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Public C... more

A soldier mans an M-2 .50-caliber machine gun atop a French Renault VAB 4x4 armored personnel carrier, part of a display of Allied armor during Operation Desert Shield.

A soldier mans an M-2 .50-caliber machine gun atop a French Renault VA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. H. H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Public C... more

STS-55 Columbia, OV-102, mated to the ET and SRBs is rolled out of KSC's VAB

STS-55 Columbia, OV-102, mated to the ET and SRBs is rolled out of KSC...

S93-29846 (2 Feb 1993) --- The orbiter Columbia is rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Having completed its assembly with the external tank and solid rocket boosters, the Space Shuttle will be r... more

STS-51 preparation: ACTS, ORFEUS, Discovery in VAB

STS-51 preparation: ACTS, ORFEUS, Discovery in VAB

S93-38577 (1 June 1993) --- The orbiter Discovery is rolled into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for mating with the external tank and twin solid rocket boosters. Discovery is being prepared for mission S... more

STS-64 Rollover

STS-64 Rollover

Operations, security and other personnel escort the orbiter Discovery from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). OV-103 will spend about five working days in the VAB, where it ... more

STS-70 Mating

STS-70 Mating

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred in... more

STS-70 Mating

STS-70 Mating

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred in... more

STS-67 Rollout

STS-67 Rollout

A massive 19 million pounds (8.6 million kilograms) of Space Shuttle, support and transport hardware, inch toward Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The fully assembled Space Shuttle Endeavour, ... more

STS-70 Mating

STS-70 Mating

Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright, Discovery will be transferred in... more

Lifting the Orbiter Discovery into vertical position in the VAB

Lifting the Orbiter Discovery into vertical position in the VAB

S95-10529 (3 May 1995) --- Inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), workers carry out the meticulous process of lifting the Orbiter Discovery from a horizontal to a vertical position. Once upright... more

STS-79 Rollout

STS-79 Rollout

(June 24, 1996) A vantage point high atop the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) shrinks the size and scale of the orbiter Atlantis as it is rolled from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the VAB. During the five ... more

STS-79 Destacking in VAB

STS-79 Destacking in VAB

A vantage point from far above yields a dramatic view of an orbiter being demated from its stack inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The approximately 171,000 pound (77,566 kilogram) Orbiter is being ho... more

Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover

Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover

The Space Shuttle Atlantis begins the slow journey to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This dramatic view looking directly down onto the Shuttle atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) a... more

Earth observations taken during STS-77 mission

Earth observations taken during STS-77 mission

STS077-713-010 (19-29 May 1996) --- Like a number of Shuttle flight crews that preceded them, the members of the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour made eastern Florida one of their photographic targets. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis rolls to the VAB for stacking before rollout to Pad 39A in preparation for STS-79. KSC-96pc0973

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis rolls to the VAB for stacking b...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis rolls to the VAB for stacking before rollout to Pad 39A in preparation for STS-79.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis passes the American flag as it rolls back to VAB from pad 39A KSC-96pc1039

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis passes the American flag as it ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis passes the American flag as it rolls back to VAB from pad 39A

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis moves into the VAB during rollback from pad 39A KSC-96pc1040

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis moves into the VAB during rollb...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis moves into the VAB during rollback from pad 39A

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  As the sun begins to rise in the early-morning sky after its departure from Launch Pad 39A, the Space Shuttle Atlantis slowly travels on the crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly Building.  This marks the second rollback for Atlantis since July because of hurricane threats.  Atlantis, which is targeted fo liftoff later this month on the STS-79 Shuttle mission, is returning to the VAB because of the threat from Hurricane Fran.  The threat of Hurricane Bertha forced the rollback of Atlantis in July.  Atlantis currently is scheduled for launch on the fourth Shuttle-Mir docking mission around mid-September. KSC-96pc1038

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - As the sun begins to rise in the early-m...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - As the sun begins to rise in the early-morning sky after its departure from Launch Pad 39A, the Space Shuttle Atlantis slowly travels on the crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VAB, the spaceplane will be mated to the external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, and electrical and mechanical interfaces will be verified. Rollout to Launch Pad 39B is planned for Oct. 16, where the two primary payloads of the upcoming STS-80 mission -- the Wake Shield Facility-3 (WSF-3) and Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (ORFEUS-SPAS-2) -- will be installed. Liftoff on the final Shuttle flight of 1996 is targeted for no earlier than Nov 8 at 2:47 p.m. EST KSC-96pc1159

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VA... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VAB, the spaceplane will be mated to the external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, and electrical and mechanical interfaces will be verified. Rollout to Launch Pad 39B is planned for Oct. 16, where the two primary payloads of the upcoming STS-80 mission -- the Wake Shield Facility-3 (WSF-3) and Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (ORFEUS-SPAS-2) -- will be installed. Liftoff on the final Shuttle flight of 1996 is targeted for no earlier than Nov 8 at 2:47 p.m. EST. KSC-96pc1160

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VA... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VAB, the spaceplane will be mated to the external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, and electrical and mechanical interfaces will be verified. Rollout to Launch Pad 39B is planned for Oct. 16, where the two primary payloads of the upcoming STS-80 mission -- the Wake Shield Facility-3 (WSF-3) and Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrograph-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (ORFEUS-SPAS-2) -- will be installed. Liftoff on the final Shuttle flight of 1996 is targeted for no earlier than Nov 8 at 2:47 p.m. EST KSC-96pc1158

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Columbia completes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). During its approximately one-week stay inside the VA... more

STS-86 Rollover

STS-86 Rollover

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out of Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bay 3, in background, enroute to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken ... more

STS-86 Rollover

STS-86 Rollover

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis makes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof ... more

STS-84 Landing

STS-84 Landing

Framed by the Vehicle Assembly Building in the distance, at left, and the Mate- Demate Device, the Space Shuttle Atlantis with its drag chute deployed touches down on KSC's Runway 33 at the conclusion of STS-84... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) on the left and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on the right, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis approaches Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility for a scheduled touchdown at about 9:23 a.m. EST Jan. 22. When the orbiter lands, it will conclude the fifth Shuttle-Mir docking mission and return NASA astronaut John Blaha to Earth after four months in space. At main gear touchdown, the STS-81 mission duration will be 10 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes. This is the 34th KSC landing in Shuttle history. Mission Commander Michael A. Baker is steering Atlantis to a perfect landing, with help from Pilot Brent W. Jett, Jr. Other returning STS-81 crew members are Mission Specialists John M. Grunsfeld, Peter J. K. "Jeff" Wisoff and Marsha S. Ivins. Atlantis also brought back experiment samples from the Russian space station Mir for analysis on Earth KSC-97pc193

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) on the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) on the left and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on the right, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis approaches Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia glides in for a touchdown on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility that will conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission. Columbia was scheduled to touch down at 2:33 p.m. EDT, April 8. The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is to the right, while the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) is to the left. A NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) that acts as a chase plane during landings passes by overhead. With Columbia’s on-time main gear touchdown, the STS-83 mission duration will be 3 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes. The planned 16-day mission was cut short by a faulty fuel cell. This is only the third time in Shuttle program history that an orbiter was brought home early due to mechanical problems. This was also the 36th KSC landing since the program began in 1981 KSC-97pc605

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia glide...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia glides in for a touchdown on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility that will conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission... more

While KSC workers in the Launch Complex 39  Area watch, The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia rolls over to the Vehicle Assembly  Building (VAB) June 4 from Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF)1 atop its transporter in  preparation for the STS-94 mission. Once inside the VAB, Columbia will be hoisted to be  mated with its solid rocket boosters and external tank. Columbia was moved to the OPF  April 8 after the completion of the STS-83 mission.  KSC payloads processing employees  then began work to reservice the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) Spacelab  module in the orbiter’s payload bay for the STS-94 mission. This was the first time that  this type of payload was reserviced without removing it from the payload bay. This new  procedure pioneers processing efforts for possible quick  relaunch turnaround times for  future payloads. The MSL-1 module will fly again with the full complement of  STS-83  experiments after that mission was cut short due to indications of a faulty fuel cell.  During the scheduled 16-day STS-94 mission, the experiments will be used to test some  of the hardware, facilities and procedures that are planned for use on the International  Space Station while the flight crew conducts combustion, protein crystal growth and  materials processing experiments KSC-97PC879

While KSC workers in the Launch Complex 39 Area watch, The Space Shut...

While KSC workers in the Launch Complex 39 Area watch, The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia rolls over to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) June 4 from Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF)1 atop its transporter ... more

The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia is reflected  in a nearby pond as it rolls over to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) June 4 from  Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) 1 atop its transporter in preparation for the STS-94  mission. Once inside the VAB, Columbia will be hoisted to be mated with its solid rocket  boosters and external tank. Columbia was moved to the OPF April 8 after the completion  of the STS-83 mission.  KSC payloads processing employees then began work to  reservice the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) Spacelab module in the  orbiter’s payload bay for the STS-94 mission. This was the first time that this type of  payload was reserviced without removing it from the payload bay. This new procedure  pioneers processing efforts for possible quick  relaunch turnaround times for future  payloads. The MSL-1 module will fly again with the full complement of  STS-83  experiments after that mission was cut short due to indications of a faulty fuel cell.  During the scheduled 16-day STS-94 mission, the experiments will be used to test some  of the hardware, facilities and procedures that are planned for use on the International  Space Station while the flight crew conducts combustion, protein crystal growth and  materials processing experiments KSC-97PC880

The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia is reflected in a nearby pond as i...

The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia is reflected in a nearby pond as it rolls over to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) June 4 from Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) 1 atop its transporter in preparation for... more

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis makes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof of the 525-foot-tall VAB. The "rollover" of the orbiter is one of the prelaunch milestones. Atlantis is being readied for the next mission, STS-86, which is targeted for a September launch. STS-86 will be the seventh of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Russian Space Station Mir KSC-97PC1222

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlanti...

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis makes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof ... more

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out of Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3, in background, en route to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof of the VAB. The "rollover" of the orbiter is one of the prelaunch milestones. Atlantis is being readied for the next mission, STS-86, which is targeted for a September launch. STS-86 will be the seventh of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Russian Space Station Mir KSC-97PC1225

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlanti...

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out of Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3, in background, en route to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from ... more

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis makes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof of the 525-foot-tall VAB. The "rollover" of the orbiter is one of the prelaunch milestones. Atlantis is being readied for the next mission, STS-86, which is targeted for a September launch. STS-86 will be the seventh of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Russian Space Station Mir KSC-97PC1221

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlanti...

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis makes the short journey from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This photo was taken from the roof ... more

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls into the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) . The "rollover" of the orbiter from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the nearby VAB is one of the prelaunch milestones. Atlantis is being readied for the next mission, STS-86, which is targeted for a September launch. STS-86 will be the seventh of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Russian Space Station Mir KSC-97PC1226

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlanti...

Carried atop an orbiter transporter, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls into the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) . The "rollover" of the orbiter from the Orbiter Processing Facility ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and Pilot Kent V. Rominger at the controls and the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:07:59 a.m. EDT Aug. 19 to complete the 11-day, 20-hour and 27-minute-long STS-85 mission. The first landing opportunity on Aug. 18 was waved off due to the potential for ground fog. Also onboard the orbiter are Payload Commander N. Jan Davis, Mission Specialist Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Mission Specialist Stephen K. Robinson and Payload Specialist Bjarni V. Tryggvason. During the 86th Space Shuttle mission, the crew deployed the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (CRISTA-SPAS-2) free-flyer to conduct research on the Earth’s middle atmosphere, retrieving it on flight day 9. The crew also conducted investigations with the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD), Technology Applications and Science-1 (TAS-1) and International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker-2 (IEH-2) experiments. Robinson also made observations of the comet HaleBopp with the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System (SWIS) while other members of the crew conducted biological experiments in the orbiter’s crew cabin. This was the 39th landing at KSC in the history of the Space Shuttle program and the 11th touchdown for Discovery at the space center KSC-97PC1260

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and Pilot Kent V. Rominger at the controls and the Mate/Demate Device (MDD) and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background, the Space... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and Pilot Kent V. Rominger at the controls and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:07:59 a.m. EDT Aug. 19 to complete the 11-day, 20-hour and 27-minute-long STS-85 mission. The first landing opportunity on Aug. 18 was waved off due to the potential for ground fog. Also onboard the orbiter are Payload Commander N. Jan Davis, Mission Specialist Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Mission Specialist Stephen K. Robinson and Payload Specialist Bjarni V. Tryggvason. During the 86th Space Shuttle mission, the crew deployed the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (CRISTA-SPAS-2) free-flyer to conduct research on the Earth’s middle atmosphere, retrieving it on flight day 9. The crew also conducted investigations with the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD), Technology Applications and Science-1 (TAS-1) and International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker-2 (IEH-2) experiments. Robinson also made observations of the comet HaleBopp with the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System (SWIS) while other members of the crew conducted biological experiments in the orbiter’s crew cabin. This was the 39th landing at KSC in the history of the Space Shuttle program and the 11th touchdown for Discovery at the space center KSC-97PC1255

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and Pilot Kent V. Rominger at the controls and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touche... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter drag chute deploys after the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the conclusion of the nearly 11-day STS-86 mission. The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) can be seen in the background. Main gear touchdown was at 5:55:09 p.m. EDT, Oct. 6, 1997, with an unofficial mission-elapsed time of 10 days, 19 hours, 20 minutes and 50 seconds. The first two KSC landing opportunities on Sunday were waved off because of weather concerns. The 87th Space Shuttle mission was the 40th landing of the Shuttle at KSC. On Sunday evening, the Space Shuttle program reached a milestone: The total flight time of the Shuttle passed the two-year mark. STS86 was the seventh of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. STS-86 Mission Specialist David A. Wolf replaced NASA astronaut and Mir 24 crew member C. Michael Foale, who has been on the Mir since mid-May. Foale returned to Earth on Atlantis with the remainder of the STS-86 crew. The other crew members are Commander James D. Wetherbee, Pilot Michael J. Bloomfield, and Mission Specialists Wendy B. Lawrence, Scott E. Parazynski, Vladimir Georgievich Titov of the Russian Space Agency, and Jean-Loup J.M. Chretien of the French Space Agency, CNES. Wolf is scheduled to remain on the Mir until the STS-89 Shuttle mission in January. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-86 included the transfer of more than three-and-a-half tons of science/logistical equipment and supplies between the two orbiting spacecraft. Parazynski and Titov also conducted a spacewalk while Atlantis and the Mir were docked KSC-97PC1498

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter drag chute deploys after the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter drag chute deploys after the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the conclusion of the nearly 11-day STS-86 m... more

The orbiter Endeavour awaits further processing in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). It had been undergoing preparations for the STS-89 mission in Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1. In the VAB, Endeavour will be mated to the external tank/solid rocket booster stack slated for use on the STS-89 mission. The STS-89 launch is targeted for Jan. 20, 1998 KSC-97PC1795

The orbiter Endeavour awaits further processing in the transfer aisle ...

The orbiter Endeavour awaits further processing in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). It had been undergoing preparations for the STS-89 mission in Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1. In ... more