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Crew members of Liberty Star hold on tightly to handle grips as the swells of the Atlantic Ocean cause.

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Crew members of Liberty Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, hold on tightly to handle grips as the swells of the Atlantic Ocean cause the vessel to pitch and roll while heading toward the recovery area where the right spent booster splashed down after Discovery's final launch.

The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Freedom Star and Liberty 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/Frank Michaux

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  • Title: Crew members of Liberty Star hold on tightly to handle grips as the swells of the Atlantic Ocean cause.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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