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April 12, 2008

Some assembly required

Here's a very nice set of 40-odd photos showing the process of assembling a space shuttle and its fuel tanks and payload, in preparation for launch.


Posted by joke du jour at April 12, 2008 09:55 AM

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Cool photo set, but some of the captions drive me nuts.

3rd photo: It isn't the "vertical assembly building". It was originally called that, but no one calls it that now. It is the vehicle assembly building.

11th photo, "Engines are attached to solids". No, the solid rocket boosters do not have "engines".

12th photo, There is no "shuttle processing facility". There is an "Orbiter processing facility", but I'm not sure if this is where engines are installed or not.

25th photo, The Leonardo module is a reusable cargo container, it isn't a permanent ISS module.

There are others, but I'm down to the point of nitpicking now.

Posted by: codewritinfool at April 13, 2008 09:19 AM

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