Amazing pictures of the space shuttle preparation

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Amazing pictures of the space shuttle preparation

Normally you just see the shuttle when it is flying, but check out these amazing pictures of the preparation work needed to get it airborne.

Just the scale of the equipment is astounding, such as the giant sling that lifts the shuttle itself and the size of the external fuel tank.

its images like this that show that the shuttle is not just a 'space bus' but incredably complex and demanding.

All pictures here http://www.darkroastedblend...

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By netchicken: posted on 8-3-2008

Nice pictures. The most interesting aspect was how the payload was brought to the launch pad rather than putting it in the shuttle at the assembly area. Most likely this is done for easier transportation of the shuttle as a lighter shuttle would be easier to transport.

I read somewhere that the Russians actually assemble the rocket sections at the pad in case of really large rockets. Moving those huge objects would be really precarious task.
By IAF: posted on 8-3-2008








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