Now that we were ready for the mission, the Shuttle program rolled the
back out of the OPF and into the VAB. This occurred on March
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Here you can see the aft end of the Orbiter as it moves onto the VAB.
My yellow lanyard is in recognition of the pinball newsgroup that I
Roll out of the Orbiter occurs under armed guard by several
of these soldiers.
Once the Orbiter is stacked to the External Tank in the VAB,
it is rolled via the crawler to the launch pad. Here you can
the stack going up the ramp of the pad.
This was shot right after the arrival of the Space Shuttle at Pad 39A
More images of the roll out:
This is an image of me standing under the main engines with the
Shuttle on the pad.
A panorama courtesy of Ross Henry of the slide-wire basket entry area.
During our work at the PHSF facility at KSC, we once had a fire alarm
us to evacuate the cleanroom. It was very odd to walk outside
with our cleanroom
suits on. This occurred during the astronaut familiarization
meeting on 4/2/09.
This is a picture of all 40 of us in front of the Marshalling Area
sign. The astronaut
crew is on the right half of the image. Mike Soluris is
One of my coworkers was Minal Kashkari, who is the wife of Neel
the financial recovery czar for the Bush/Obama administration.
After the crew training session, we had a picnic at the KSC recreational
park to along with the crew. Top: with John Grunsfeld (lead
Frank Cepollina (head of HST servicing). Bottom: with Scott
Altman (commander) and Greg Magnusen (lead GSE engineer).
KSC is a wildlife sanctuary, and you often see all kinds of wildlife,
including this bald eagle, armadillo, gators, etc.
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