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On Pad 17 B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station workers prepare to raise the rocket booster to a vertical position.

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On Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, workers prepare to raise the solid rocket booster to a vertical position. When it has been raised, the booster will be lifted into the mobile service tower for mating with the Delta II rocket that will launch NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, spacecraft. A series of nine strap-on solid rocket motors will help power the first stage. Because the Delta rocket is configured as a Delta II 7920 Heavy, the boosters are larger than those used on the standard configuration. The GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will explore the Universe's ultimate frontier, where nature harnesses forces and energies far beyond anything possible on Earth; probe some of science's deepest questions, such as what our Universe is made of, and search for new laws of physics; explain how black holes accelerate jets of material to nearly light speed; and help crack the mystery of stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts. Launch is currently planned for May 16 from Pad 17-B. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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  • Title: On Pad 17 B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station workers prepare to raise the rocket booster to a vertical position.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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