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Crew members in a skiff from Freedom Star attach a hose between the left spent booster and the vessel.

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Crew members in a skiff from Freedom Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, attach a hose between the left spent booster and the vessel that will facilitate debris and water clearing and the pumping in of air in so the booster can float horizontally on the water's surface for towing back to Port Canaveral in Florida.

The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Liberty Star and Freedom Star. The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown. After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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  • Title: Crew members in a skiff from Freedom Star attach a hose between the left spent booster and the vessel.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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