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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the accordion-like arm of a rack insertion device moves a science rack into position for installation inside Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo during processing for space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. The science racks Leonardo delivers will be transferred to laboratories on the station. Three spacewalks during STS-131 will include work to attach a spare ammonia tank assembly to the station's exterior and return a European experiment from outside the station's Columbus module. STS-131 will be the 33rd shuttle mission to the station. Launch is targeted for March 18, 2010. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller KSC-2009-6568

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander for a free flight test at a new launch site at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 96-second test began at 4:21 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over the flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle with its recently installed autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering 1,300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT, and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, or green propellants, into a fully-operational lander that could deliver cargo to other planetary surfaces. The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES pioneer new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. For more information on Project Morpheus, visit Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin KSC-2014-1927

At Launch Pad 36A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a Centaur rocket arrives for mating with the Atlas IIA rocket already in the tower. The Centaur upper stage is 10.0 m (33-ft) long and 3.05 m (10 ft) in diameter. The Lockheed-built Atlas IIA/Centaur rocket will launch the latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) June 29 from CCAFS. The TDRS is one of three (labeled H, I and J) being built in the Hughes Space and Communications Company Integrated Satellite Factory in El Segundo, Calif. The new satellites will augment the TDRS system’s existing Sand Ku-band frequencies by adding Ka-band capability. TDRS will serve as the sole means of continuous, high-data-rate communication with the space shuttle, with the International Space Station upon its completion, and with dozens of unmanned scientific satellites in low earth orbit KSC00pp0700

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Inside space shuttle Discovery's payload bay can be seen the red rain gutters, which prevent leaks into the bay from rain while the shuttle is on the pad. The STS-124 mission payload, the Japanese Experiment Module - Pressurized Module and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System (below the gutters), is being transferred from the Payload Changeout Room into the payload bay. Launch of Discovery is targeted for May 31. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1144

The Orbital Workshop Waste Management Compartment


STS106-319-007 - STS-106 - Ventilation ducts, fire extinguisher and hatch in the FGB during STS-106

Outside west thin window. Photograph taken March 1, 1955. Bevatron-842

STS113-705-034 - STS-113 - FWD view of the ISS taken during STS-113

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LDEF (Postflight), S0001 : Space Debris Impact Experiment, Tray E04



The postflight photograph was taken in the SAEF II at KSC prior to experiment removal from the LDEF. The originally white paint dot on clamp block at the center of the left tray flange and at the right end of the upper tray flange are dark brown. Since this tray is located adjacent to the LDEF's trailing edge, very little, if any, contamination has been cleaned away by atomic oxygen impacts. The greenish-gray and pink tints on the two (2) debris panels are a by-product of the chromic anodize coating process and not attributed to contamination and/or exposure to the space environment. The finger prints along the bottom edge of the panels that was observed in the flight photograph are still visible. Those seen previously along the top edges have been washed out by the lighting. The light band along the sides and across the top of the panels is caused by light reflecting from the tray sidewalls.

NASA Identifier: L90-13350 KSC-390C-832.03



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