Amazing space shuttle pictures!
These are some extraordinary and never seen before space shuttle pictures. Enjoy…
External tank arrives by barge.
At the left is the vertical assembly building. The external tank is seen at the right in the picture.
Removing the external tank from the carrier.
The external tank enters the vertical assembly building (VAB).
The external tank in the VAB. Look at the size!
Lifting the external tank.
Solid rackets are attached to the tank.
Engines are now being attached.
Big and complicated engines are attached to the shuttle in the shuttle processing facility (SPF).
Discovery space shuttle in the vertical assembly building (VAB).
The shuttle has been moved to the VAB and will be attached to the external tank.
The shuttle is attached.
This is the payload preparation room.
Payload getting ready.
Payload carrier leaves the payload preparation room.
Payload being moved to the launch pad.
Lifting payload into position for insertion into Discovery when it arrives at the pad later.
Discovery shuttle leaves the vertical assembly building.
Discovery heading for the launch pad.
Discovery on the way, moving slowly.
Discovery arrives at the launch pad.
Ready for the launching…
The most exciting moment. Discovery launches into the space!