Real Life: Two at the Pad

Real Life: Two at the Pad

An aerial view of the Launch Complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shows space shuttles on both pads. At upper right is space shuttle Endeavour, while in the foreground is space shuttle Atlantis, preparing for its launch on the STS-125 mission to repair NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. This is the first time since July 2001 that two shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at the center. Endeavour will stand by at pad 39B in the unlikely event that a rescue mission is necessary during space shuttle Atlantis’ mission. After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue spacecraft, it will be moved to Launch Pad 39A for the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station.

Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder
Sept. 19, 2008
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