May 31, 2011
The Space Shuttle Atlantis is rolled out to Launch Pad 39-B in the early morning of Oct. 9, 1986. Atlantis is scheduled to remain at Pad B for seven weeks where it will support checkout of new weather protection structures, a variety of special measurements, launch team proficiency exercises and emergency egress simulations. The 4.2 mile journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad is the first for the shuttle fleet since the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in January of this year.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Space accidents and incidents, Manned spacecraft, Space Shuttle program, Vehicle Assembly Building, Challenger, STS-125, STS-117, Edwards Air Force Base, Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, Space Shuttle, Human spaceflight