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Rollout of Space Shuttle Atlantis for STS-115
08.02.06
 
Tracks lead Altantis up the final yards of the launch pad ramp. After its overnight rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building, Space Shuttle Atlantis rests on the hard stand on Launch Pad 39B. The shuttle sits on top of the mobile launcher platform. The crawler, which transported it, is still underneath. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

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Atlantis is silhouetted against the sunrise. + View High-res
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Silhouetted against the rising sun, Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls toward Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton


A banner reading Go Atlantis spans a fence along the shuttle's path. + View High-res
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Sitting on top of the mobile launcher platform, Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls out to Launch Pad 39B via the crawlerway. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder


Atlantis trundles through the early morning darkness, lit by bright lights. + View High-res
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Looking like fireflies gathered around the behemoth mobile launcher platform and crawler transporter, vehicles escort Space Shuttle Atlantis on its slow journey to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder


Atlantis departs the Vehicle Assembly Building for Launch Pad 39B. + View High-res
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Sitting on top of the mobile launcher platform, Space Shuttle Atlantis begins rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39B via the crawler transporter underneath. First motion was at 1:05 a.m. The slow speed of the crawler results in a 6-hour trek to the pad approximately 4 miles away. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder