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Snapshots

  1. Launch Pad 39-A

    Snapshot Title: Launch Pad 39-A
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    Discovery's destination point for its long crawl.



  2. The Meatball

    Snapshot Title: The Meatball
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    NASA's official logo is affectionatly known as "the meatball." It has been the official logo of NASA since it's creation in 1959.



  3. Mission Control

    Snapshot Title: Mission Control
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    This white building attached to the Vehicle Assembly Building is mission control, where the launch firing rooms are located.



  4. External Fuel Tank Transfer Dolly

    Snapshot Title: External Fuel Tank Transfer Dolly
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    This large, yellow platform is what is used to transfer the external fuel tank from the river barge that transports it all the way from the Michoud facility in New Orleans to Kennedy Space Center. It ...



  5. Vehicle Assembly Building

    Snapshot Title: Vehicle Assembly Building
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    The Vehicle Assembly Building or VAB is where all the rocket components are mated before transfer to the launch pad. Created for the Apollo program, the shuttle only requires the doors be open half wa...



  6. Space Shuttle Discovery

    Snapshot Title: Space Shuttle Discovery
    Taken by: Susan Poulton

    Image: Space Shuttle STS-133 Roll Out to the Launch Pad.
    Image Owner: Susan Poulton



    Description:

    On her way to the launch pad for the final time, Space Shuttle Discovery disappears into the darkness on her 6-7 hour journey to the pad.