A view from inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building looking out the open doors of High Bay #4. Discovery sits in silhouette while beyond, under Discovery’s wing at right, can be seen Atlantis waiting to enter the Orbiter Processing Facility in March 2012. Click to relive the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.
One of my favorite photos of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has Star Wars Imperial officers, a Scout Trooper sans speeder bike, and a stormtrooper posing with the orbiter. They were there as part of a symphonic concert a few years ago but it makes for a nice Halloween remembrance. Click to see more images from that night.
Remembering a post from July 2015 A new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex honors the fallen astronauts of STS-51L lost on the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 lost on the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. Two sides of a hallway feature personal items from each seven person crew. The far wall is adorned with a quote from Ronald Reagan, President at the time of the Challenger accident, “The future doesn’t belong […]
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http://youtu.be/Zl3ccXHLIfs My video homage to the end of the Space Shuttle Program using audio taken from the last flights of Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis in addition to images I’ve taken of those flights and from various Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tours and other events to get near these incredible vehicles during their preparation and move into retirement.
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The Orbiter Endeavour streaks to a landing behind telephone poles, a palm tree, and a metal tower for a landing at Kennedy Space Center ending the STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station on 31 July 2009.
STS-126 on a construction, resupply, and crew transfer mission to the International Space Station carried out by the Space Shuttle Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center at 7:55 p.m. on 14 November 2008 into a sky lit bright by the full Moon. This view is the full wide-angle image of the launch, which includes the Moon blown out at right by the long time exposure capturing the streak of the Space Shuttle’s flight as seen from a cow pasture at […]
The National Aeronautics and Space Act was signed into law by President Eisenhower on 29 July 1958, which established the goals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space; The improvement of the usefulness, performance, speed, safety, and efficiency of aeronautical and space vehicles; The development and operation of vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies, and living organisms through space; The establishment of long-range studies of the […]
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The Space Shuttle Discovery on Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center prior to its launch on mission STS-114 in July 2005. This would be the Space Shuttle Program’s return to flight following the Columbia accident in February 2003. Discovery carried out the STS-114 mission, a resupply mission to the International Space Station, without a problem This is a highly magnified view through a refracting telescope taken from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge showing the external fuel tank and the […]
Years ago at the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program and long before the International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex used to have a mockup of a future space station complete with animatronic astronauts. The idea was this is something the Space Shuttle would help to build although it looked a little sci-fi to keep it interesting. Sadly, this large station would not be built but the exhibit was fun. You know they are in space because the […]
The Reusable Launch Vehicle Hanger, located at the south end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, is used for a diverse number of activities, including storage of NASA helicopters used at Kennedy Space Center as seen here. One of the buildings most memorable uses was the collection and reconstruction of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia during the accident investigation. The event is commemorated with the STS-107 logo on the building. Space Florida currently manages the facility under contract with NASA.