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In the Orbiter Processing Facility Atlantis wheels are raised into their wheel bays in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Frances.

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In the Orbiter Processing Facility, Atlantis’ wheels are raised into their wheel bays in preparation for the expected impact of Hurricane Frances on Saturday. Other preparations at KSC include powering down the Space Shuttle orbiters, and closing their payload bay doors. Workers are also taking precautions against flooding by moving spacecraft hardware off the ground and sandbagging facilities. The Orbiter Processing Facility is constructed of concrete and steel and was designed to withstand winds of 105 mph. The Vehicle Assembly Building is constructed of concrete and steel and was designed to withstand winds of 125 mph. Other payload and flight hardware support facilities can endure winds of 110 mph. Launch pads and the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility can withstand 125-mph winds.

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  • Title: In the Orbiter Processing Facility Atlantis wheels are raised into their wheel bays in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Frances.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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