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STS-135 Atlantis rollover and astronauts, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Fab Four

The final four astronauts of the space shuttle program (from left to right Mission Specialist Rex Walheim, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus) walk with space shuttle Atlantis during rollover, moving the shuttle from the OPF (Orbiter Processing Facility) to the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) for lift and mate with […]

American alligator, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida


An American alligator, common at the Kennedy Space Centre,  chews on a toothpick outside one of NASA’s administrative buildings.

STS-135 Launch Max Q, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Booster Max Q

Condensation clouds form around the nose of Atlantis’ solid rocket boosters as the space shuttle makes the transition to supersonic speed. The effect can be seen below, in a frame taken from one of NASA’s HD video cameras mounted to the External Tank:

Chris Hadfield, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives an interview at the press site of the Kennedy Space Centre.  Hadfield flew on two shuttle missions, STS-74 (Atlantis) and STS-100 (Endeavour).

Gopher tortoise, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

KSC Oldtimer

A gopher tortoise, possible older than the space shuttle program itself, basks in the sun outside of its burrow in the press site, gazing towards launch pad 39A.

Space shuttle Endeavour roll program, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Orbit, Ho!

Riding 30 stories of fire, twin solid rocket boosters propel space shuttle Endeavour toward low earth orbit on the final launch of her career, and the penultimate launch of the entire Program.

Endeavour clears the tower, STS-134, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Tower Clearance

Space shuttle Endeavour clears the tower on the final launch of her career.

STS-133 Xenon Lights, LC-39A, Kennedy Space Centre

Discovery Xenon

High-powered Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Discovery on the launch pad at LC-39A after rollback of the Rotating Service Structure, for STS-133’s first launch attempt in November of 2010.

STS-133 RSS Rollback (timelapse)

The Rotating Service Structure is rolled back from space shuttle Discovery for the final time, revealing the veteran orbiter over the course of 45 minutes for launch the next day (click the play button to view the timelapse).

Launch Panorama of Discovery STS-133, Astronaut Road, Kennedy Space Centre

STS-133 Launch Panorama

Space shuttle Discovery soars into the Florida skies, as seen in this 180° panorama taken from Astronaut Road. The massive Vehicle Assembly Building can be seen on the right, and Launch Complex 39B on the left. (Click image to view larger.)