Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ars photo essay: prepping for the final Space Shuttle launch

The last Space Shuttle mission is now underway after a successful morning launch. Ars was fortunate enough to have two people, Jonathan Gitlin and Elle Cayabyab-Gitlin, at this morning's shuttle launch. We'll have pictures from the launch itself shortly, but for now, enjoy some shots of yesterday's visit to the launch site and make sure to read our retrospective of the 30 year shuttle program.

The first stop on the way to the viewing area was the vehicle assembly building, where the orbiter is attached to the fuel tank and solid rocket boosters prior to its trip to the launch site.

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