PREFLIGHT (MATING) - STS-14/41D - KSC
S84-35097 (May 1984) --- The Space Shuttle Orbiter 103 is about to be hoisted into a tail-toward-ground mode for mating to its two solid rocket boosters (SRB) and an external tank (ET) (awaiting the maneuver high out of frame) in the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) huge vehicle assembly building (VAB). After its arrival here from the manufacturer in Palmdale, California, Discovery underwent extensive pre-launch preparations in the nearby processing facility (OPF).
johnson space center preflight mating sts high resolution ksc space shuttle orbiter tail toward ground mode rocket boosters pre launch preparations space shuttle nasa
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