May 30, 2011
The space shuttle orbiter 101 Enterprise is seen in this high angle view as it is being moved from Pad A, Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Though only 3 Ã‚Â½ miles separate the launch pad and the VAB, the journey of the orbiter, its solid rocket boosters and external tank takes more than 11 hours. The move back to the VAB represents the end of several weeks of fit and function checks performed on the vehicle, prepatory to eventual launch readiness of the first actual flight vehicle in the orbiter flight test (OFT) series -- the Columbia. The SRB/ET/Enterprise cluster will soon be taken apart inside the VAB and the orbiter will be taxied back to the Palmdale, California manufacturing facility of Rockwell International.
Topics: Kennedy Space Center, Manned spacecraft, Space Shuttle program, STS-38, Vehicle Assembly Building, Approach and Landing Tests, Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, Apollo program, Space Shuttle, Human spaceflight