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Snapshots

  1. Endeavor on Pad 39-B

    Snapshot Title: Endeavor on Pad 39-B
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The Hubble Servicing Mission 4 is not in an orbit that would allow it to use the International Space Station as a safe haven should something go wrong. Because of this, it was decided to have the Spac...



  2. Sound suppression water tower

    Snapshot Title: Sound suppression water tower
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This tank holds 300,000 gallons of water that is sprayed beneath the shuttle at launch to keep the sound from damaging the orbiter and the surrounding structure. For scale, the water pipe leading down...



  3. Rotating Service Structure

    Snapshot Title: Rotating Service Structure
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This houses and protects the shuttle on the launch pad. It rotated out of the way a few hours before this photo, exposing the shuttle for viewing.



  4. Excellent View of the Atlantis

    Snapshot Title: Excellent View of the Atlantis
    Taken by: David Engle

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    very, very nice.