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Atlantis is Mated to the External Tank and SRBs in the VAB
08.27.08
 
Atlantis is mated to the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters in the Vertical Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building the overhead crane lifts space shuttle Atlantis high above its transporter.
In the Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the overhead crane lifts space shuttle Atlantis high above its transporter. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis.    > View Larger Image

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (08.23.08) – In the Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the overhead crane lifts space shuttle Atlantis high above its transporter. Atlantis will be raised to vertical for transfer to high bay 3. There it will be stacked with its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters. After additional preparations are made, the shuttle will be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A to prepare for launch on the STS-125 mission targeted for 1:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 8.



In the Vehicle Assembly Building, Atlantis is suspended vertically above the transfer aisle. The view shows the underbelly of the shuttle.
In the Vehicle Assembly Building, Atlantis is suspended vertically above the transfer aisle. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis.    > View Larger Image

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (08.23.08) – In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis is suspended vertically above the transfer aisle. The view shows the underbelly of the shuttle. Atlantis will be lifted into high bay 3 and stacked with its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters. After additional preparations are made, the shuttle will be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A to prepare for launch on the STS-125 mission targeted for 1:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 8.



Suspended above the transfer aisle in the Vehicle Assembly Building,  Atlantis is ready to be lifted into high bay 3
Suspended above the transfer aisle in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis is ready to be lifted into high bay 3. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis.    > View Larger Image

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (08.23.08) – Suspended above the transfer aisle in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis is ready to be lifted into high bay 3 and stacked with its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters. After additional preparations are made, the shuttle will be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A to prepare for launch on the STS-125 mission targeted for 1:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 8.



In the Vehicle Assembly Building space shuttle Atlantis is lowered alongside the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay 3
In the Vehicle Assembly Building space shuttle Atlantis is lowered alongside the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis.    > View Larger Image

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (08.23.08) – In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis is lowered toward the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay 3. Atlantis will be mated to the tank and boosters stacked on the mobile launcher platform. After additional preparations are made, the shuttle will be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A to prepare for launch on the STS-125 mission targeted for 1:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 8.



In the Vehicle Assembly Building space shuttle Atlantis is lowered alongside the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay 3
In the Vehicle Assembly Building space shuttle Atlantis is lowered alongside the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay 3. Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis.    > View Larger Image

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (08.23.08) – In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis is lowered alongside the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in high bay 3. Atlantis will be mated to the tank and boosters stacked on the mobile launcher platform. After additional preparations are made, the shuttle will be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A to prepare for launch on the STS-125 mission targeted for 1:34 a.m. EDT Oct. 8. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis