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Crew members in a skiff from Freedom Star spent booster bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean after Discovery's STS-133 launch.

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Crew members in a skiff from Freedom Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, approach and inspect the left spent booster bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean after space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch.


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 spent booster bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean after Discovery's STS-133 launch.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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