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ET-138 Joins SRBs on MLP
NASA – In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers guide external fuel tank, ET-138, for space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission, as it is lowered between the twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

Powered Up
In Orbiter Processing Facility-1, shuttle Atlantis’ systems are being “powered-up,” or tested, in preparation for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building where it will be joined with the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Main Engine Installation
In Kennedy’s Orbiter Processing Facility-1, a Hyster forklift moves the second of three space shuttle main engines closer to shuttle Atlantis for installation.

Each engine is 14 feet long, weighs about 6,700 pounds, and is 7.5 feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle. This is the final planned engine installation for the Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Payload CEIT
Payload CEITIn the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-135 crew inspects the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module with the carrier’s technician.

From left are Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus, Commander Chris Ferguson (upper level), a carrier technician and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Ready for Rollover
Ready for RolloverShuttle Atlantis slowly backs out of Orbiter Processing Facility-1 during its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The move called “rollover” is a major milestone in processing for the STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Inside the VAB, Atlantis will be attached to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller May 17, 2011

We’re Behind You, Atlantis
Employees and the crew of STS-135 hold up a “We’re Behind You, Atlantis” banner to commemorate space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission and final flight for the Space Program. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller May 17, 2011

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