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Looking Up. NASA public domain image colelction.

Looking Up. NASA public domain image colelction.

Outside Mercury Mission Control, (from left) astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepard seem to check the weather as they gather with Flight Operations Director Walt Williams and a program meteorologist. With the a... More

Aerial of 1963 Addition, NASA Gemini program

Aerial of 1963 Addition, NASA Gemini program

Between 1962 and 1963, the facility was modified to handle the additional complexities of the Gemini Program. In 1962, Pan American World Airways Inc. was contracted to design an addition to the facility, which... More

Aerial of 1963 Addition, NASA Gemini program

Aerial of 1963 Addition, NASA Gemini program

Between 1962 and 1963, the facility was modified to handle the additional complexities of the Gemini Program. In 1962, Pan American World Airways Inc. was contracted to design an addition to the facility, which... More

Astronaut Scott Carpenter. NASA public domain image colelction.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter. NASA public domain image colelction.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter stands in front of the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter was the pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission aboard Aurora 7, which launched May 24, 1962. NASA Identifier: ... More

1963 Modifications, NASA Gemini program

1963 Modifications, NASA Gemini program

Between 1962 and 1963, the facility was modified to handle the additional complexities of the Gemini Program. In 1962, Pan American World Airways Inc. was contracted to design an addition to the facility, which... More

Aerial of Addition, NASA Gemini program

Aerial of Addition, NASA Gemini program

Between 1962 and 1963, the facility was modified to handle the additional complexities of the Gemini Program. In 1962, Pan American World Airways Inc. was contracted to design an addition to the facility, which... More

1963 Modifications, NASA Gemini program

1963 Modifications, NASA Gemini program

Between 1962 and 1963, the facility was modified to handle the additional complexities of the Gemini Program. In 1962, Pan American World Airways Inc. was contracted to design an addition to the facility, which... More

Dawn of a New Era. NASA public domain image colelction.

Dawn of a New Era. NASA public domain image colelction.

The rosy dawn sky over NASA's Kennedy Space Center reveals the newly erected lightning towers on Launch Pad 39B. The two towers at left contain the lightning mast on top; the one at right does not. At center ar... More

At the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

At the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Space shuttle Atlantis slowly reaches the top of Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The rollout was in preparation for its launch on the S... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Touchdown Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery: Touchdown Discovery

Space shuttle Discovery touches down on Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to complete the 13-day, 5.3-million mile journey on the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. Main gear ... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Waits

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Waits

Lights around Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida bathe space shuttle Discovery after rollback of the rotating service structure. The rotating structure provides protected access to the shu... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Roars Toward Orbit

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Roars Toward Orbit

Space shuttle Discovery roars off Launch Pad 39A on the STS-119 mission atop twin towers of fire that light up the sky after sunset at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff was on time March 15, 2009 ... More

Next Flight, Discovery. NASA public domain image colelction.

Next Flight, Discovery. NASA public domain image colelction.

Astronaut Tony Antonelli, pilot for space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission, arrives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for launch. STS-119 is the 125th space shuttle flight and the 28th fli... More

Peaceful Morning. NASA public domain image colelction.

Peaceful Morning. NASA public domain image colelction.

The fog clears from the turn basin as the morning sky turns blue over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Kennedy is surrounded by water: the Banana River, Banana Creek, Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic... More

Kepler Prepared for Launch. NASA public domain image colelction.

Kepler Prepared for Launch. NASA public domain image colelction.

On Launch pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers moved NASA's Kepler spacecraft toward the opening above the Delta II rocket. The spacecraft was lowered into the opening and mated with... More

Ares I Taking Shape. NASA public domain image colelction.

Ares I Taking Shape. NASA public domain image colelction.

In high bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane moves the Ares I-X crew module simulator toward a stand at right, amid other Ares I-X segments stacked around th... More

Locomotive Ares Training, Public domain image

Locomotive Ares Training, Public domain image

The Florida East Coast Railway train arrives at the Jay Jay Rail Yard with the booster segments for the Ares I-X test rocket for interchange with the NASA Railroad (left). The four reusable motor segments and t... More

Leo Gets Canned. NASA public domain image colelction.

Leo Gets Canned. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo toward the payload canister. The canister will transport the module... More

Liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Billows of smoke and steam infused with the fiery light from space shuttle Endeavour's launch on the STS-127 mission fill NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. Endeavour lifted off on the mission's sixth ... More

Two Spacecraft Head to the Moon

Two Spacecraft Head to the Moon

The Atlas V/Centaur rocket carrying NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite lifts off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.... More

Waiting for a Lift. NASA public domain image colelction.

Waiting for a Lift. NASA public domain image colelction.

This aerial view shows space shuttle Atlantis suspended by crane over the transfer aisle in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Next, Atlantis will be lifted over a transom ... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Waiting in the Wings

Space Shuttle Discovery: Waiting in the Wings

Seen from below, space shuttle Discovery is lowered into High Bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the bay, Discovery will be attached to the external fuel tank a... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Light Show

Space Shuttle Discovery: Light Show

Rollout of space shuttle Discovery is slow-going due to the onset of lightning in the area of Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. First motion of the shuttle out of the Vehicle Assembly Bu... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Beautiful Sight!

Space Shuttle Discovery: Beautiful Sight!

Riding a tower of flames, space shuttle Discovery punches through a fabric of clouds as it roars toward space from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. E... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Comes Home

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Comes Home

The Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, with space shuttle Discovery on top, is towed from the Shuttle Landing Facility's runway 33 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after touching down on Sept. 21 at ... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Lighting Up Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery: Lighting Up Discovery

Xenon lights over Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida compete with the lightning strike seen to the left. Space shuttle Discovery is on the pad waiting for a scheduled liftoff on the STS-12... More

Inside Job. NASA public domain image colelction.

Inside Job. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building's High Bay 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a technician works on a platform mounted on the interior wall of the upper stage simulator of the 327-foot-tall Ares I-X ... More

Getting Ready. NASA public domain image colelction.

Getting Ready. NASA public domain image colelction.

The Ares I-X rocket stands tall inside the massive Vehicle Assembly Building's High Bay 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Part of the Constellation Program, the Ares I-X is the test vehicle for the A... More

Soaring Spaceward. NASA public domain image colelction.

Soaring Spaceward. NASA public domain image colelction.

A Delta IV rocket soars into the sky with the GOES-O satellite aboard despite the attempts of Florida's typical seasonal weather to thwart the launch. Liftoff was at 6:51 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 37 at Cape... More

Standing Tall, Apollo program Saturn V rocket images

Standing Tall, Apollo program Saturn V rocket images

In the Vehicle Assembly Building's High Bay 3, Super Stack 5 is secured to the Ares I-X segments already in place on the mobile launcher platform, completing assembly of the Ares I-X rocket. The 327-foot-tall r... More

Raising Old Glory. NASA public domain image colelction.

Raising Old Glory. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building's High Bay 4 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lifts the Ares I-X Super Stack 4 with the United States flag on it. The stack will be moved to High Bay 3 for int... More

Greeting the Crew. NASA public domain image colelction.

Greeting the Crew. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Center Director Bob Cabana (left) and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden -- both former astronauts -- wait near space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-127 crew to emerge f... More

Delta Liftoff. NASA public domain image colelction.

Delta Liftoff. NASA public domain image colelction.

The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Demonstrator spacecraft leaps into the sky from Launch Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. STSS-Demo wa... More

Afternoon Shadows. NASA public domain image colelction.

Afternoon Shadows. NASA public domain image colelction.

The afternoon sun casts shadows on space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank as workers remove the seal from the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, on the tank. A hydrogen leak at the location during t... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery's Dawn

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery's Dawn

Space shuttle Discovery is silhouetted against the dawn sky as it rolls out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rollout was delayed approximately 2 hours due to lightning in the area. D... More

Endeavour Rolls Through Sunrise

Endeavour Rolls Through Sunrise

On a cold winter morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour approaches Launch Pad 39A after predawn rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The move is one of the final miles... More

Going Up?. NASA public domain image colelction.

Going Up?. NASA public domain image colelction.

At Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the core stage of a Delta IV rocket is lifted into a vertical position for placement in the mobile service tower. The rocket is slated to lau... More

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket launches carrying NASAâs Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite toward space, lifting off from Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.... More

Atlantis Comes Home, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Atlantis Comes Home, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 11 days in space, completing the 4.5-million mile STS-129 mission. Image credit: ... More

STS-129 Payload Delivered to the Pad

STS-129 Payload Delivered to the Pad

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers monitor the lift of the canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station toward the Payload Chang... More

Atlantis Soars. NASA public domain image colelction.

Atlantis Soars. NASA public domain image colelction.

Like a phoenix rising from the flames, space shuttle Atlantis emerges from the exhaust cloud on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff on the STS-129 mission occurred on time Nov. 16,... More

Ready for Practice, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Ready for Practice, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

STS-130 Commander George Zamka arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a T-38 jet. The crew of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission is at Kennedy to partici... More

Closing In. NASA public domain image colelction.

Closing In. NASA public domain image colelction.

At the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., twin halves of an Atlas V payload fairing are positioned on either side of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The spacecraft was enclosed in the f... More

Lowering Endeavour. NASA public domain image colelction.

Lowering Endeavour. NASA public domain image colelction.

In High Bay 1 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers space shuttle Endeavour toward the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters to which it will be attac... More

Atlantis at Sunset. NASA public domain image colelction.

Atlantis at Sunset. NASA public domain image colelction.

The sun sets behind Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with space shuttle Atlantis awaiting launch at 2:28 p.m. EST Nov. 16 on its STS-129 mission. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder Nov. 15, ... More

Into the Predawn Darkness. NASA public domain image colelction.

Into the Predawn Darkness. NASA public domain image colelction.

Perched atop the mobile launcher platform, space shuttle Atlantis rolls into the predawn darkness as it begins its 3.4-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A. First motion was at 6:38 a.... More

Ares I-X at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Ares I-X at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

The perimeter fence on Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is closed following the arrival of the towering 327-foot-tall Ares I-X rocket following its seven-hour early-morning trek. The te... More

Ares I-X Moves Out of VAB. NASA public domain image colelction.

Ares I-X Moves Out of VAB. NASA public domain image colelction.

The towering 327-foot-tall Ares I-X rocket moves away from the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket's slow, 4.2-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B began at 1:39 a.m. EDT. ... More

Launch Day Dawns. NASA public domain image colelction.

Launch Day Dawns. NASA public domain image colelction.

Dawn breaks over Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to find NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory awaiting launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. This will be the 100th launch of a ... More

Two at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Two at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, processing of the Ares I-X rocket nears completion on Launch Pad 39B, in the foreground, as space shuttle Atlantis, seen in the distance on Launch Pad 39A, awaits lift... More

Into the Night. NASA public domain image colelction.

Into the Night. NASA public domain image colelction.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying NASA's GOES-P meteorological satellite begins to rise from Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft is outfitted with ... More

Crew Arrives for Launch, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Crew Arrives for Launch, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-130 Commander George Zamka addresses the media and employees on hand for the arrival. The astronauts arrived at Kennedy aboard the ... More

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory aboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41. SDO is the first satellite of NASA's Living with a Star program. Image credit: Pat Corkery/U... More

Ares I-X Launches!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Ares I-X Launches!. NASA public domain image colelction.

The stars and stripes on the American flag reflect NASA's commitment to teamwork as the Constellation Program's Ares I-X test rocket roars off Launch Complex 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The r... More

Bathed in Lights. NASA public domain image colelction.

Bathed in Lights. NASA public domain image colelction.

As nightfall comes to Launch Complex 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, xenon lights reveal the Ares I-X rocket awaiting the approaching liftoff of its flight test. This is the first time since the ... More

Touchdown!, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Touchdown!, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Space shuttle Endeavour lands in darkness on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 14 days in space, completing the 5.7-million-mile STS-130 mission to the In... More

Poised to Fly. NASA public domain image colelction.

Poised to Fly. NASA public domain image colelction.

At Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, clouds wisp in the blue sky above space shuttle Endeavour following retraction of the rotating service structure. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder Feb.... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: At the Pad

Space Shuttle Discovery: At the Pad

Space shuttle Discovery stands on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after making the 3.4-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building atop the crawler-transporter. Discovery is being read... More

By Last Light. NASA public domain image colelction.

By Last Light. NASA public domain image colelction.

Sunset at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida finds the Ares I-X rocket awaiting the approaching liftoff of its flight test. This is the first time since the Apollo Program's Saturn rockets... More

Leonardo Packed. NASA public domain image colelction.

Leonardo Packed. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo glides along the ceiling toward a payload canister. Leonardo will be transported t... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Special Delivery for Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery: Special Delivery for Discovery

The payload canister containing the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo for the STS-131 mission is nestled in the payload changeout room at Launch Pad 39A. The rotating service structure was rolled back fro... More

Discovery Soars off the Launch Pad

Discovery Soars off the Launch Pad

An exhaust cloud billows around Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Discovery lifts off in the early morning hours to begin the STS-131 mission. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gra... More

Discovery's Home!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery's Home!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery and the STS-131 astronauts, Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr., Mission Specialists Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Clayton Anderson and Japanese as... More

Atlantis Roars Off the Launch Pad

Atlantis Roars Off the Launch Pad

Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA May 14, 2010 NASA Identifier: 4... More

Bird's Eye View. NASA public domain image colelction.

Bird's Eye View. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an adult osprey guards its young in a nest built on a platform in the Press Site parking lot. In the background is the 12,300-square-foot NASA logo painted on the side... More

STS-132: Atlantis Landing. NASA public domain image colelction.

STS-132: Atlantis Landing. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis touches down on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 33, completing the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA/... More

Discovery Rolls to the VAB. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery Rolls to the VAB. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shuttle Discovery pauses in between Orbiter Processing Facility-3 and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) during a move called ''rollover.'' Once inside the VAB, the s... More

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Bathed in bright xenon lights, space shuttle Discovery makes its nighttime trek, known as ''rollout,'' from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It takes th... More

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is attached to Launch Pad 39A, completing ''rollout'' from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A. It took the shuttle, attached to it... More

Final Tank Arrives at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

Final Tank Arrives at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers inspect External Tank-138, newly offloaded from the Pegasus barge docked in the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly Building. The external fuel tank arrived i... More

Robonaut Flexes for the Camera. NASA public domain image colelction.

Robonaut Flexes for the Camera. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper Robonaut (R2) flexes its mechanical muscles during a media event hosted by NASA. R2 wi... More

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery begins its nighttime trek, known as ''rollout,'' from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A. It takes the shuttle, attached to its ex... More

Discovery at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is visible on Launch Pad 39A and a sign supporting the vehicle hangs on the pad perimeter gate. Later, the rotating service structure that prot... More

Discovery at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery at the Pad. NASA public domain image colelction.

Space shuttle Discovery stands on Launch Pad 39A as the sun sets over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space center workers prepare to move the rotating service structure into place. On its final missi... More

Lift Sling in Place. NASA public domain image colelction.

Lift Sling in Place. NASA public domain image colelction.

Workers in the Vehicle Assembly Building secure a large yellow, metal sling to shuttle Discovery for its lift from the transfer aisle into High Bay 3. The operation began Sept. 9 and wrapped up early Sept. 10. ... More

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Discovery's Last Ride. NASA public domain image colelction.

Space shuttle Discovery is attached to Launch Pad 39A as the sun rises over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It took the spacecraft about six hours to make the journey, known as ''rollout,'' from the Veh... More

Sunset Over Kennedy, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Sunset Over Kennedy, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

While performing touch-and-go landings at the Shuttle Landing Facility runway, STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey and Pilot Eric Boe enjoyed a perfect sunset over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image cred... More

Ready for Launch, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Ready for Launch, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 Mission Specialist Nicole Stott, left, is greeted by Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway aft... More

Crew Trains at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

Crew Trains at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey prepares to practice driving an M-113 armored personnel carrier. An M-113 is kept at the foot of the launch pad in case an emergency eg... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Payload to Pad

Space Shuttle Discovery: Payload to Pad

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-133 payload canister is lifted into the rotating service structure on Launch Pad 39A. After the structure is closed around space shuttle Discovery, the caniste... More

Sunrise Over Discovery. NASA public domain image colelction.

Sunrise Over Discovery. NASA public domain image colelction.

The sun begins to rise at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida where space shuttle Discovery awaits liftoff. Image credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Oct. 15, 2010 NASA Identifier: 490432main... More

Freedom Delivers Final Tank. NASA public domain image colelction.

Freedom Delivers Final Tank. NASA public domain image colelction.

Boaters watch as Freedom Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, pulls the Space Shuttle Program's last external fuel tank, ET-122, toward NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tank trav... More

Closing In. NASA public domain image colelction.

Closing In. NASA public domain image colelction.

At the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., twin halves of an Atlas V payload fairing are positioned on either side of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The spacecraft was enclosed in the f... More

Atlantis at Sunset. NASA public domain image colelction.

Atlantis at Sunset. NASA public domain image colelction.

The sun sets behind Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with space shuttle Atlantis awaiting launch at 2:28 p.m. EST Nov. 16 on its STS-129 mission. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder Nov. 15, ... More

Lowering Endeavour. NASA public domain image colelction.

Lowering Endeavour. NASA public domain image colelction.

In High Bay 1 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers space shuttle Endeavour toward the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters to which it will be attac... More

Endeavour Rolls Through Sunrise

Endeavour Rolls Through Sunrise

On a cold winter morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour approaches Launch Pad 39A after predawn rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The move is one of the final miles... More

STS-129 Payload Delivered to the Pad

STS-129 Payload Delivered to the Pad

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers monitor the lift of the canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station toward the Payload Chang... More

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

Liftoff!. NASA public domain image colelction.

United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket launches carrying NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite toward space, lifting off from Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.... More

Ready for Practice, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Ready for Practice, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

STS-130 Commander George Zamka arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a T-38 jet. The crew of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission is at Kennedy to partici... More

Going Up?. NASA public domain image colelction.

Going Up?. NASA public domain image colelction.

At Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the core stage of a Delta IV rocket is lifted into a vertical position for placement in the mobile service tower. The rocket is slated to lau... More

Atlantis Comes Home, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Atlantis Comes Home, NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility

Space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 11 days in space, completing the 4.5-million mile STS-129 mission. Image credit: ... More

Atlantis Soars. NASA public domain image colelction.

Atlantis Soars. NASA public domain image colelction.

Like a phoenix rising from the flames, space shuttle Atlantis emerges from the exhaust cloud on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff on the STS-129 mission occurred on time Nov. 16,... More

STS-133 Crew at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

STS-133 Crew at Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

In the engine shop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 crew members pause for a photo in front of a shuttle main engine. From left are: Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialis... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Awaiting Launch

Space Shuttle Discovery: Awaiting Launch

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the rotating service structure on Launch Pad 39A moves away from space shuttle Discovery. The structure provides weather protection and access to the shuttle while it ... More

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Gets Engine

Space Shuttle Discovery: Discovery Gets Engine

In Orbiter Processing Facility-3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is outfitted with one of its three space shuttle main engines. The engines, weighing 7,000 pounds each, are be... More

Tranquil and Wild. NASA public domain image colelction.

Tranquil and Wild. NASA public domain image colelction.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an alligator moves stealthily through some brackish water in the Launch Complex 39 area. Kennedy coexists with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, habitat to ... More

John Glenn. NASA public domain image colelction.

John Glenn. NASA public domain image colelction.

Astronaut John H. Glenn sits in a car in front of the east side of the Mercury Mission Control building. Glenn was the pilot for the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission aboard Friendship 7, which launched Feb. 20, 1962. Th... More

Happy Holidays from Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

Happy Holidays from Kennedy. NASA public domain image colelction.

Space shuttle Discovery lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:21 a.m. EDT on April 5, 2010 on a flight to the International Space Station. Discovery's launch was captured from a field of F... More