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Crew members one of NASA's rocket booster retrieval ships so the booster can float horizontally.

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Crew members from Freedom Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, approach the left spent booster bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean to attach a hose that will facilitate debris and water clearing and the pumping in of air 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 one of NASA's rocket booster retrieval ships so the booster can float horizontally.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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